Read Dr. Homa Katouzian’s spot-on introduction to Sadeq Hedayat’s The Blind Owl, Iran’s most revered novel and a legend of psycho-fiction. Hedayat’s Ivory Tower: Structural Analysis of The Blind Owl. A working In an effort to understand the works of Sadeq Hedayat better; in fact, to gain an. Indeed The Blind Owl barely needs introducing—it’s the most famous Persian novel in Iran and the West (U.S. and Europe), and Hedayat is.

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But I was not going to get it, not for a while. Bashiri’s translation was revised in and again in The other part was simply the content. The book was well received in the French literary circles. The complete review ‘s Review:.

After serialization in the journal Iran inthe history of The Blind Owl has been largely a hide and seek with authority. We have several old men: It requires, at its very least, the closest of multiple readings and, at its very most, conscientious code-breaking dissection. Written in Persianit tells the story of an unnamed pen case painter, the narrator, who sees in his macabre, feverish nightmares that “the presence of death annihilates all that is imaginary.

And so, of course, it had to be him who kept me from reading it for so long. At the beginning the narrator admits: Only years and years after my father forbade me to read it and eventually gave in, did I understand that all the fuss might have been a personal one as well. Costelloby Henry D. Part of the agreement in setting on the journey of a truly hybridized work is accepting its polarities. Becoming obsessed, he searches for her without success, until she turns up on his doorstep and then dies in his bed, following which he dismembers her body and buries it in the ancient city of Rey.


I have no doubt that melancholy ingrained in his character led to his suicide, but I also believe that there is an exuberance in his writing that counteracts it.

The Blind Owl

There is the perpetual haze of opium which, based on whatever account you subscribe to, Hedayat was an occasional dabbler or a hopeless addict. He was the Iranian nationalist who, fed up with the corruptions of church and state alike, was perpetually looking westward; he was also the foreigner in Europe, whose blond life was endless visa applications and intense economic hardship, whose eyes were cast to the comforts of his mother country where he was of the aristocracy.

The artist of the first part, Beard notes, is immersed in a platonic love state, given the task of representing his muse, the beautiful young woman who, like an angel, appears at his door only to die in his bed. The Blind Owl was written during the oppressive latter years of Reza Shah ‘s rule — What is the deal with this book?

From the bottom of my heart I desired to surrender myself to the sleep of blins. I lwl to feel spiritless, to put it euphemistically, once the novel was done.

The Blind Owl – Wikipedia

I thought about announcing hedatat at dinner that after fifteen years of wondering, I finally knew. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

Hedayat was in many ways partially French: This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat It was apparently while he was in Peace Corps training in Iran.

Am I not now writing my own personal piece of fiction?

Alone, late at night in an unfamiliar place I felt in tune with it. December External links: Periodically I would think about it and think about approaching it, but again, like something that had the power to kill or at least curse me, I stayed away.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. It was originally published in hddayat limited edition in Bombayduring Hedayat’s year-long stay there instamped with “Not for sale or publication in Iran.


This Book Will End Your Life: The Greatest Modern Persian Novel Ever Written – The

Persian literature novels Books by Sadegh Hedayat Iranian speculative fiction novels Persian-language novels. The narrator does describes scenes from his life, ranging from singular impressions that haunt him, as in the brilliant vision of a great beauty offering an old man a morning glory that he sees while peering through a small hole in the wall, to more extended descriptions of his loveless marriage or his parents including the outrageous test his mother demanded his father and his father’s twin-brother subject themselves to.

These are the same materials that went into the preceding dream. The most dismal side of me could think of no other author, no other work, to jinx myself with. Plus, it was his vegetarian tendencies that made a vegetarian out of me. Vahshi Bafqi — ‘Orfi Shirazi.

There are five parts to the novel, the first, third, and closing chapters very short, the other two far more elaborate. Retrieved from ” https: What was it about? Hedayat seems to try it all and, on its own terms, most of it meets with success. Much of this work of fiction is like a spreading sore, the pain it causes sharp and relentless, dulled only by the fog of opium and dream which makes it bearable.

And that, of course, renders this frightening tale all the more frightening. For other uses, see Blind Owl disambiguation.