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Mohammad and Kundera: On the Power of Humor and the Troubles of Translation

David Kersh | Posted 04.10.2012 | Books
David Kersh

Undoubtedly, translation is a tricky business; but what is sadly clear, though, is how the need to do away with humor translates so seamlessly and all too well, from Kundera's fictional Czech republic to a very real and dangerous Iran.

The Persian Primer: How to Understand and Properly Make Fun of Iranian-Americans

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dr. Ali Binazir

Who's making fun of Iranians? Nobody. Except for Iranians themselves. Most likely, this shortcoming stems from a lack of familiarity with the endearing quirks of Iranian culture that would lend themselves to proper parody.