In november 2008 the seventh edition of
Corine's succesful novel has been published at Uitgeverij Aleph - Bergen
op Zoom, in a new format.
In this novel a fascinating picture is given of the cultural differences
a European woman had to face in Iran, before and after the
revolution of 1979.
See also the page Recensies
Bittere Thee, Corine Naranji - 1998, Bigot & van Rossum
- Baarn - 5th edition - 2000
Bittere Thee, Corine Naranji - Archipel -
Amsterdam - 2004
Bittere Thee, Corine Naranji - Uitgeverij Aleph - Bergen op Zoom - 2008
Unfortunately no English translation is (yet) available
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The novel Bittere Thee (in Dutch) is
for sale in the bookstore.
Shopprice € 19,95
In the midst of the Sixties,
Dorien meets the Persian Hamed,
student architecture in Delft. It is love on first sight, they marry, get a son
and some years later they move to Persia.
They lead a harmonious life. Dorien adapts herself well to the eastern culture
and she is completely accepted by her Iranian family-in-law, who she loves very much.
Their happiness is at a peak when a daughter is born and Hamed’s new construction company is doing well.
But this harmony is ended by the Islamitic Revolution. The
totalitarian regime of Khomeini causes an increasing distance between the two
lovers. Hamed is more and more possessed by his Islamitic culture. Dorien as a
Western woman cannot find herself in the new religious laws and rules. Slowly
but surely the question rises whether their love can cope with the effects of
BITTER TEA is an autobiographic novel that gives a
penetrating view of the change of the Persia-of-the Shah into the
Iran-of-Khomeini. Corine Naranji describes in a convincing way a great love,
that is made impossible by the circumstances.
‘A convincing history based on facts. A book to finish at
‘It is splendid to read how
Dorien experiences and breathes
her new country, she accepts it and is being accepted by it’.
Woman and Culture
‘Much attention is given by the author to the
characters and to the careful touch of the eastern atmosphere. What’s more,
she is very well documented, so as to present the reader a detailed picture of
the developments in Iran during the revolutionary period.’