Nasreen Pejvack

Nasreen Pejvack was born in Tehran, Iran. Following the revolution of 1979, Pejvack settled briefly in Greece before coming to Canada. She worked as a computer programmer, as a systems analyst, and most recently in the field of psychology. Pejvack lives in Vancouver, BC and writes both poetry and fiction.



Amity: A Novel

Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education, 2016.
9th floor PS8631 .E4147 A64 2015

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Amity provides a window to the wreckage caused by warsthe destruction and displacement that leave pain and life-long psychological disorders, here specifically within the contexts of Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution.

Payvand, an Iranian refugee and activist, still plagued with nightmares, meets a Ragusa, a Yugoslavian refugee whose pockets are loaded with stones as she prepares to walk into the water and end her life, a life that has become intolerable since the loss of those most dear to her.

Payvand listens to Ragusa’s story and Ragusa promises to postpone her suicide at least until she hears Payvand’s story in turn. In a novel that strives to raise awareness about the extent to which elites manipulate nations into wars, with total disregard for the lives of millions like Payvand and Ragusa, it is the warmth of personal relationships and friendships forged that are key to healing.

Awards and Honours

2016 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (finalist)


Publisher Inanna Publications