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Funny in Farsi: Introduction
Funny in Farsi: Plot Summary
Funny in Farsi: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Funny in Farsi: Themes
Funny in Farsi: Quotes
Funny in Farsi: Characters
Funny in Farsi: Symbols
Funny in Farsi: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Firoozeh Dumas
Historical Context of Funny in Farsi
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- Full Title: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
- When Written: 1998-2000
- Where Written: California and Tehran
- When Published: Fall 2003
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Memoir
- Setting: Whittier and Newport, California, and Abadan and Ahwaz, Iran
- Antagonist: While Funny in Farsi doesn’t have any single strong antagonistic character, it could be argued that bigotry and intolerance are the antagonists of the memoir
- Point of View: First person (Firoozeh’s point of view)
Extra Credit for Funny in Farsi
Hear her voice! In addition to her writing, Firoozeh Dumas is a regular commentator on National Public Radio.
A gracious loser. Funny in Farsi was nominated for many awards, including the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and a 2005 Audie Award (for the audio recording of her memoir). Although Dumas didn’t win either award, she lost to some heavy hitters: the Emmy Award-winning comedian Jon Stewart and the Nobel Prize-winning musician Bob Dylan, respectively.