Dear Life


Title: Dear Life

Author: Alice Monroe

Translator: Monira Jian

Publisher: Azarmidakht

Subject: Canadian stories

Age category: Adult

Number of pages: 336

Language: Farsi



Introducing the book Dear Life by Alice Monroe
Dear Life is a book by Canadian author Alice Monroe. Dear Life was first published in 2012. Alice Monroe won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013 for her collection of works. “I believe this is the first, last and closest thing I can say about my life,” Monroe says of the book Dear Life.

In the book Dear Life, Alice Monroe demonstrates her extraordinary ability to write stories; In doing so, Monroe combines the nature of ordinary people with stories. He tells the soldier that after returning to his homeland, he refuses to see his fiancé or portrays a woman who enters into a relationship with a lawyer man and confronts him with a difficult choice.
Although most of the stories in the book Dear Life take place in Monroe’s birthplace, a small Canadian village, her characters are sometimes forced to leave their hometown and sometimes return to the same safe place.

What goes on in the stories of the book Dear Life?
“My mother has been and continues to be a major figure in my stories,” Alice Monroe said in an interview with The New Yorker about the book Dear Life. “My mother has always been a role model for me to shape my characters around her because of the hard life she has had,” Monroe continues.

The first story; The story of Amundsen
In this story, which is also the first story of the book, Monroe talks about a young girl who meets a selfish man and in the midst of this acquaintance falls in love with this man, but is confronted with decisions that she must act realistically …

The second story; Leaving Miori
Almost all the characters in this story are looking for love, relationship or similar topics. In this story, Monroe shows her characters that sometimes she does not have to make a good choice while other people are involved in it …

The third story; Safe corner
In this story, Alice Monroe raises the issue of the “ideal woman.” Something that almost all women in the world aspire to achieve, something that all women’s magazines talk about and give readers access to. In this story, the main character is tired of this desperate attempt and suddenly decides to escape …

However, most of Monroe’s characters in her stories are women. But Monroe cannot be considered a feminist writer. Because women in Monroe’s stories do not seek equal rights and are more likely to make difficult choices. This violates the first law of feminism.

Alice Monroe; The mother of modern short story writing
Alice Ann Munro is a contemporary Canadian novelist who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Committee awarded him the prize for Monroe’s creative innovation in short story writing. Literary critics say of Monroe’s stories: “Monroe’s stories are more than profound and enlightening.”

Alice Monroe began writing as a teenager, publishing her first novel, Dimensions of a Shadow, at the age of nineteen. In 1968, Monroe’s first collection of short stories was published, entitled The Dance of the Happy Tulips, which won the Canadian Governor’s Award that year. Twenty years later, between the 1960s and 1970s, Monroe continued to write the collections “Life of Women and Girls,” “What I Wanted to Tell You,” “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “Jupiter Planet Months” It was published by him in those years.
Alice Monroe taught at the University of British Columbia in Canada in the 1980s. It was then that almost all of Monroe’s stories were published in prestigious magazines such as The New Yorker, Grand Street and Paris Review before being published separately in the story series. Fold Magazine has named Alice Monroe one of the top ten contemporary short story writers. Alice Monroe is on this list alongside great writers like Antoine Chekhov.

Alice Monroe now lives in Ontario, Canada and suffers from cancer and heart failure. Dear Life is Monroe’s last book, and six months after receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature, he said goodbye to writing forever.

Alice Monroe writing style
Alice Monroe writes about women; Women about whom no other writer has written like this before Monroe. She puts the truth of life – desires, love, marriage, children – women on paper. Monroe characters are ordinary and terrestrial characters, they also make mistakes and mistakes and Monroe has portrayed these characters in the best way.

Dear life book in Persian
Contrary to popular belief, translating a short story is very difficult because of the literary subtleties used within it. That is why so few works by Alice Monroe have been translated into Persian. “Alidosti song”, the book “My mother’s dream”, “Abdolkarimi” prayer, the book “I wanted to tell you something”, “Najmeh Ramezani”, the book “Love is in its place”, “Marzieh Sotoudeh”, the book “Dastmayeh”, “Mehri Sharafi”, the book “Perspective” “Kassel Rock” and “Maryam Sabouri”, “Manijeh Jian” and “Mojdeh Daqiqi” have translated the book of dear life into Persian.

“Mojdeh Daqiqi” is a talented and talented Iranian translator. The field of accurate translation is literary translation, especially for North American writers. “Precise Gospel” was a journalist before he chose the profession of translator, and it was at this time that he realized his interest in translation, especially literary translation. “What I like about translation is playing with words and finding different possibilities in the language,” he says in an interview about his interest in translation. This is one of the great pleasures of my life. And, of course, introducing interesting fiction to readers who are intellectually close to me. “It is as if a group of people with invisible strings of common tastes are connected and in dialogue.”

We read in a part of the book Dear Life
“It’s like … like you’re in a Russian novel.”

He looked at me carefully for the first time.

“Really?” “Which Russian novel?”

His eyes were light bluish-gray. One eyebrow was raised, like a small pointed hat.

Not that I have not read a Russian novel; I had read some of them complete and some of them incomplete. But because of his smiling but aggressive eyebrows and face, I could not remember the name of any novel other than war and peace. I did not want to say war and peace, because everyone remembered this one.
“Well, of course we have nothing here but peace. But if you were looking for a war, you would probably join one of those groups of women. “You take yourself across the water.”

Dear Life is a collection by Canadian author and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, Alice Monroe. Experts also call him a contemporary Chekhov.

The Dear Life series consists of fourteen short stories, the latest work by Canadian author Alice Monroe. The stories of this series take place in the areas and cities around Lake Horn, and its characters, like most of Monroe’s stories, are ordinary people.
In Dear Life, you will encounter ordinary lives (which sometimes take precedence over your own personal life, and ordinary people who, out of the ordinary, you might not expect to meet in literature). Perhaps half of Monroe’s popularity lies in the fact that she writes neither for the sake of fame nor for the sake of showing off, as if she does not dream of winning an award, nor does she dream of selling her book. She writes only to narrate moments in the daily lives of women and girls who have changed the course of their lives forever in the passing moments of words, encounters, coincidences, or flips.

It does not matter who Monroe is as the narrator of the mind and within; A child, a new soldier returning from the battlefield, a young job-seeker and a recent graduate, a dissatisfied housewife, or even herself.
Alice Monroe masterfully shares with her readers what goes through their hearts and minds.

Alice Monroe is one of the greatest contemporary short story writers. In her stories, the 82-year-old woman offers a meticulous picture of the daily lives of her characters. He focuses on the lives of people in small towns and the setting of his stories. The female characters in Monroe’s stories are women with a complex spirit and thinking.
“Not that I do not like writing, but I think there comes a time when you feel you have reached a point where you no longer want to,” Monroe said after saying goodbye to the Trilium Literary Award for “Dear Life.” You look at your life differently, and maybe when you reach my age, you no longer want to be so lonely.

Monroe’s goodness is that she creates a masterpiece from the public everyday life that is a mirror of our own everyday life. In fact, we are the ones who play his stories in the real world. Sometimes we become a child who has been suffering from insomnia for a while.
Sometimes we become a young girl who has been captured by a man who has ridiculed her feelings for a while and gone. Sometimes we get married to a woman who has fallen in love with a man at a party and she does not know why. Sometimes we become an old lady who has accidentally met her husband with the love of her youth. Sometimes we become a rich girl who, out of loneliness, seeks loving kindness and brotherly companionship from a kind friend. Sometimes we are an art-loving woman who eventually has the courage to break up with a husband who, for all his goodness, has never been able to experience true love with her. Sometimes we blame ourselves for horrific family events such as the death of a child or sister. Sometimes we say to ourselves if I did something! If I did not say something…

If you are one of those readers who think that the effect of a short story on your existence and mind is not on the permanence and intensity of a long story, read Alice Monroe to prove the opposite to you.
Monroe is a writer of short stories with a simple style. His stories are not multi-layered. He conveys his meaning directly and without complexity to the reader. He knows his fictional characters well, and every thought, action, and encounter that comes from them is well thought out and the result of careful reflection. Uses dialogues well in appropriate places. In his works, like in Chekhov’s works, the storyline is of secondary importance and almost nothing special happens in the stories, and often a flip changes the lives of the characters.

Alice Monroe has been dubbed the “Master of Contemporary Short Story” and, according to most critics, has reconciled the North American reading community and even the world with the short story. Margaret Atwood, another well-known Canadian author, called Monroe a “saint of the literary world.”

The book Dear Life by Alice Monroe, translated by Maryam Sabouri, is another book by Backpack Publishing.

Index of the book
Arrive in Japan
Departure from Maverley
Sand pit

In the lake landscape
The final part
the eye
the night
Dear life

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