Fariba Hachtroudi, 2009-2010
Fariba Hachtroudi, a journalist and a writer, was the French writer in residence from November 2009 til March 2010.
Born in Tehran in 1951, Fariba Hachtroudi is the daughter of the eminent mathematician and champion of democracy Moschen Hachtroudi. She studied art and archaeology in France. Although she had been living in Paris since her teenage years, when the Islamic revolution in faraway Iran happened, she felt bewildered. In 1981, she decided to move to Sri Lanka where she taught at Colombo University.
When she returned to France in 1983, she started denouncing Khomeini’s regime by writing newspaper articles. This earned her a fatwa which called for her death. In 1985, she illegally entered Iran, a journey she described in L’Exilée (published by Payot in 1985) and which reconciled her with her homeland. She found a country at war, struggling with intolerance and obscurantism. Fariba Hachtroudi wrote several novels, essays and articles in order to exorcise this reality. She is the leader of the humanitarian association MoHa, helping Iranian refugees.
Since 1990, she has been working with the photographer Laurent Péters. They jointly won the Sicilian Cultural Report first prize in 2002.
Fariba Hachtroudi divides her time between her work as a writer, as a journalist, and as a lecturer working all around the world.
Among her recent works are Le douxième imam est une femme (published by Nouveaux Loisirs, 2009) ; Khomeyni express (Xenia, 2009) ; A mon retour d’Iran (Seuil, 2008) ; J’ai épousé Johnny à Notre-Dame de Sion (Seuil, 2006).
Her latest book : La Gelée Royale (Encre d’Orient, 2010), partly sets its story in Wellington.
Fariba Hachtroudi’s website : http://www.faribahachtroudi.fr/