Bittere Thee

Bitter Tea

Nou, Doei !







Alles is anders

Lina & Lotte

Het geheim van Lina & Lotte

Een kast vol kleren

Zij is dun en ik ben dik







In February 2011 the eighth edition of Corine's succesful novel has been published at Uitgeverij Aleph - Bergen op Zoom, in a new format. 

    ‘Bitter Tea’ 

In this novel a fascinating picture is given of the differences in culture that a European woman is aware of in Iran, before and after the Islamic revolution of 1979.
See also the page Recensies

Bittere Thee, Corine Naranji - 
Uitgeverij Aleph - Bergen op Zoom - 8th edition 2011 

Bittere Thee, Corine Naranji - 1998, Bigot & van Rossum - Baarn - 5th edition 2000 

Bittere Thee, Corine Naranji - Archipel - Amsterdam - 6th edition 2004

Unfortunately no English translation is yet available 

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The novel Bittere Thee (in Dutch) is available in the bookstore or at the editor: Uitgeverij Aleph - Bergen op Zoom. E-mail:
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In the midst of the Sixties, Dorine 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 Iran.
In Iran life is harmonious. Dorine adapts herself well to the Eastern culture and she is completely accepted by her family-in-law, who she loves very much. Their happiness is at a peak when a daughter is born and, as it turns out that 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. Dorine 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 the revolution.

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.

Some Presscomments: 

‘A convincing history based on facts. A book to finish at one sitting’.


‘It is splendid to read how Dorine experiences and breathes her new country, 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.’

Brabants Nieuwsblad