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Ava Farmehri

Ava Farmehri is the pen name of an author born in the Middle East who now lives in Canada. Gerrit Wustmann in his article “Ava Farmehri’s “Through the Sad Wood Our Corpses Will Hang” Flashback to a Childhood in Tehran (, March 24, 2021) surmises that the author is indeed an Iranian born author.


Through the Sad Wood Our Corpses Will Hang

Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2017.
PS8611 .A7557 T47 2017

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

At twenty, Sheyda Porrouya’s life is almost over. Born in Iran on the day staunchly orthodox mullas declare the birth of the Islamic Republic, she is witness to their purging of the country of all things Western and un-Islamic. To make matters worse, as she matures, Sheyda seems increasingly unable to distinguish between fairy tale and reality. And her behaviour becomes increasingly erratic. Accused of killing her mother, Sheyda is sentenced to death by hanging. As she awaits either release or execution, the narrative jumps back and forth from Sheyda’s childhood to life in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons.


Publisher Guernica Editions