Khomeini, Sade and Me

As a young girl, Abnousse Shalmani does not behave as good Iranian girls should; she refuses to be veiled. She is frank, provocative, intelligent, and lively. When her family goes into exile in Paris, she quickly discovers that Paris cannot provide the freedom she longed for. With the publication of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, Islam becomes a hot topic in France and again she is faced with such issues as wearing the hijab. This time, empowered by French literature, Shalmani recruits such authors as the Marquis de Sade to support her fight against oppression.

Part novel, part manifesto, Khomeini, Sade and Me is a feminist call to arms and an exhilarating reassertion of Liberté!

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19 May, 2016




Abnousse Shalmani

Abnousse Shalmani was born in Tehran in 1977. Her family went into exile in Paris in 1985 where she studied history… Read more


‘A beautiful and powerful essay. The sometimes classic and sometimes modern style of writing will strongly appeal to literature lovers. Indeed, anyone who is astonished about the place of women in Islam (and within religion in general) should read this text immediately.’ —Parutions

Khomeini, Sade and Me is a realistic, enthusiastic and sincerely intimate tale that broaches sensitive topics—politics, religion, immigration, integration, feminism—with as much humour as courage.’ —Unidivers

‘Khomeini, Sade and Me is pure combat literature which, in the name of enlightenment and joy, overthrows old moral dictates with big, bold laughter and decisively places the female body at the heart of public space.’ —Le Monde