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Akhtar Naraghi

Akhtar Naraghi, a native of Iran, earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. from McGill University. Her doctoral dissertation in English literature, completed in 1992, is entitled:  The Images of Women in Western and Eastern Epic Literature: An Analysis in Three Major Epics, The Shahnameh, The Iliad and The Odyssey. She taught Persian literature at McGill. Naraghi died in 2015. According to her obituary in the Montreal Gazette, she “was an impassioned believer in, and contributor to, women’s rights and social justice, and a writer of novels and verse who treasured her readership.”


The Big Green House: A Novel in Twelve Short Stories

Montreal: CEDAH, 1994.

Awards and Honours

1995 QSPELL Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction (finalist)


Blue Curtains: A Novel in Six Stories

Montreal: CEDAH, 1999.


A sequel to The Big Green House.


With Mara That Summer: A Novel in Four Stories

Montreal: Price-Patterson, 2004.


Fiction & Poetry

On the Train to My Village: A Novel ; Autumn Bird: Selected Poems

Montreal: Price-Patterson, 2011.


Legacy: Selected Poems of Akhtar Naraghi

Edited, translated, and with an introduction by Mahmood K. Moghaddam; French translations by Danielle Cuisinier-Dionne.
Montreal: CEDAH, 1992.


Solitude: Selected Poems of Akhtar Naraghi

Translated and with an introduction by Mahmood K. Moghaddam. Translated from Persian.
Montreal: CEDAH, 1996.


Publisher Price-Patterson Ltd.