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Persian Literature -- in English

Persian Literature -- in English

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The Blind Owl, Hedayat, Sadegh
1 Hedayat, Sadegh The Blind Owl
2001 Softcover English 

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That Stranger Within Me, Mirzadegi, Shokooh
2 Mirzadegi, Shokooh That Stranger Within Me
Bethesda, Maryland Ibex Publishers 1999 093634783X / 9780936347837 Softcover English 5½ x 8½ inches A Novel from Iran 

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Legends of Kalileh and Demneh, Moez, Alireza
3 Moez, Alireza Legends of Kalileh and Demneh

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Afsaneh, A Novel from Iran, Ravinipur, Moniru<P>  Joubin, Rebecca (translator)
4 Ravinipur, Moniru

Joubin, Rebecca (translator) Afsaneh, A Novel from Iran
Bethesda, MD Ibex Publishers 2013 1588140954 / 978-1-58814-095-1 Joubin, Rebecca Softcover English 212 5½ x 8½ inches 


The truth always loses itself among memories. The truth can be lost as though it never existed. Not on the ground or anywhere else. The difference between a historical event and an insignificant happening in the life of an individual is that the historical event has witnesses who can differentiate the truth from the fiction.

One evening, thirty year old Afsaneh Sarboland, dressed only in a thin orange dress, flees her husband and home and attempts to create a new life. In the story, Afsaneh, a single writer, struggles to carve a space for herself in the chaotic society that has been ravaged by the scars of war. Childhood tragedies, the devastations of war, and an abusive husband have combined to drive her to madness. Tainted by the shame of being alone in that night that she cannot remember, she begins to unravel, mixing the present with memories of the past.

Afsaneh is based on the author’s life as a nurse on the graveyard shift in the early eighties and her experiences on the front during the Iran-Iraq war. Magical realism and the bitter realities of contemporary Iran are intertwined. Ravanipur pushes the boundaries of temporal space, disrupting the notion of traditional textual layouts.


Moniru RavanipourMONIRU RAVANIPUR was born in 1952 into a large family in Jofreh, a small village in Southern Iran.. A prolific writer of fiction, she is one of the most radical and stylistically revolutionary voices in Persian literature today. The Iranian government has reacted against her controversial work by banning reproductions since 2006. Her boldness, subversiveness, and anti-orthodoxy emanates not from her political views by from her narrative experimentation, her unsentimental exploration of mental instability, and her unrelenting fascination with spirits, ogres, and demons. In addition to her novels and short story collections, Ravanupur has written a compilation of southern Iranian legends and beliefs that was published in 1989. She has also compiled children’s stories based off her grandmother’s stories from her youth. Her books have been banned in Iran since 2006.


Rebecca JoubinREBECCA JOUBIN is an Iranian-American scholar who received her PhD from the Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures Department at Columbia University in 2004. She lived in Damascus where she conducted research on Syrian and Iraqi culture before starting as Assistant Professor and Chair of Arab Studies at Davidson College during the fall of 2009. Her articles in Arabic and English have been published in the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Studies Journal, Radical Society, The Cairo Times, al-Kifa al-Arabi, and al-Mada. She teaches elementary, intermediate, as well as advanced Arabic courses on Syrian literature, drama, and film, with an emphasis on gender and politics. She has also teaches an independent study on Iranian literature and art.  This is her third book.

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The Mourners of Bayal, Sa'edi, Gholam-Hossein
5 Sa'edi, Gholam-Hossein The Mourners of Bayal
Bethesda, MD Ibex Publishers 2018 1588141497 / 9781588141491 غلامحسین ساعدی Sofcover English 210 Ranji, Edris 5½ x 8½ inches عزاداران بیل 
The Mourners of Bayal is a collection of eight interrelated stories centered around the people of Bayal, an imaginary Iranian village in the middle of nowhere. This work is a penetrating allegory of the manners, beliefs, hopes, and desperations of rural Iranians in the early seventies. The Mourners of Bayal is a very early example of magical realism. It precedes the works of masters of the genre, José Saramago, and Gabriel García Márquez. The most famous of the eight stories is the fourth (they are numbered without a title) which was adapted into a popular movie, The Cow. While away, Mashdi Hassan's cow, the center of his universe, dies. His wife is desperate and no one dares to tell him the truth. He gradually finds out, descends into madness and takes the identity of the cow. The townspeople attempt to cure him to no avail. He dies while being taken to the regional hospital. Gholam-Hossein Sa'edi (1936-1986) is the most important twentieth-century Persian language dramatist. He was also a prolific ethnographer, editor, dramatist, and fiction writer. Trained as a psychiatrist, his psychological insights are evident in his writings. With more than forty works of fiction, non-fiction, and drama to his credit, Sa'edi is an embodiment of the literary spirit of his generation which had its beginning in the early years after the Second World War and died with the installation of clerical rule in 1979. His audience was mostly limited to literary circles until 1968 when the director Dariush Mehrjui made a film based on a script by Sa edi. The Cow became a critical success both in Iran and abroad and brought Sa'edi popular recognition. After the Islamic revolution, Sa'edi fled to exile in France, where he resurrected the highly regarded literary magazine, Alefba. He died in 1985 at the age of forty-nine in exile there, mainly due to the effects of alcoholism. Edris Ranji is a doctoral student in English Literature. He has translated numerous notable English literary works into Persian including those of Eudora Welty, Tobias Wolff, Angela Carter, David Foster Wallace, William Wordsworth, D. H. Lawrence and Alice Munro. The Mourners of Bayal is his first book-length translation from Persian into English. 
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Malakut and Other Stories by Bahram Sadeqi, Sadeqi, Bahram (author)  Basmenji, Kaveh (translator and introduction)  Yarshater, Ehsan (foreword)
6 Sadeqi, Bahram (author) Basmenji, Kaveh (translator and introduction) Yarshater, Ehsan (foreword) Malakut and Other Stories by Bahram Sadeqi
Bethesda Ibex Publishers 2012 1588140849 / 978-1-58814-084-5 Basmenji, Kaveh Hardcover English 292 5½ x 8½ inches 
A man who doesnÆt recognize his own face, an aristocrat who keeps his amputated limbs in jars on the shelf, an infant that commits suicide, a cat that is secretly writing a novel, a rooster that rebels against fateùthose are some of the characters that make Bahram SadeqiÆs stories intriguing, incomparable and inimitable. Sadeqi is an original story-teller who depicts familiar facts and mundane realities in such a way that shocks us to the core and makes us call everything into question. With a subtle irony reminiscent of Poe, Kafka and Marquez, he engages us in an intricate quest to explore the meaning of life, death and the cosmos. Considering the slight body of work Sadeqi left behind after his untimely death, one cannot help but be struck by the impact his work has had on Persian literature nevertheless. Sadeqi consistently transgressed established literary ideologies with an easy confidence, pioneering an entirely new style of literature and presenting his own unique perspective on the human condition. His presence in contemporary Persian prose fiction was like that of a lone meteorite: appearing in a blinding flash, instantly yet fleetingly illuminating its surroundings, then abruptly fading into the darkness, leaving only a completely original, overwhelming and fantastic trail, the remainder of something singularly magnificent that we cannot hope to ever see repeated. Ever since he first published his stories in literary journals as a young writer, SadeqiÆs works have been widely reprinted, finding vast audiences among each new generation of Iranians. Malakut and Other Stories by Bahram Sadeqi contains some of SadeqiÆs best short stories, as well as Malakut, his magnum opus, a novella that took everyone by surprise in the 1960s, still fascinating readers and critics alike. 
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The Cannon [Tup], Saedi, Gholam Hossein
7 Saedi, Gholam Hossein The Cannon [Tup]
Bethesda Ibex Publishers 2012 1588140687 / 978-1-58814-068-5 Farrokh, Faridoun Softcover English 201 5½ x 8½ inches توپ غلام
THE CANNON is the first and best of Gholam-Hossein Saedi’s novels. It has an unwavering focus on a single character, the independent iterant Mullah Mir Hashem who is clever and manipulative. Based on historical events, the novel is set in northwestern Iran in the early twentieth century. It features tribal supporters of the Constitutional Revolution; Russian Cossacks who are backing the status quo; and Mullah Mir Hashem. The novel gives a glimpse into the tensions and machinations of the revolution, where each party is attempting to outwit, out-maneuver and otherwise deceive the other. For most of the narrative Mir Hashem seems to have outsmarted the others. The story comes to an intriguing and unpredictable end. GHOLAM-

HOSSEIN SAEDI (1936-1986) is the most important dramatist of twentieth century Iran. He was also a prolific ethnographer, editor and fiction writer. A psychiatrist by training, his psychological insights are evident in his writings. The 1968 film, Cow, based on Saedi’s film script became a critical success both in Iran and abroad and brought him popular recognition. FARIDOUN

FARROKH was born in Iran and educated in Iran and the United States. He is a professor of English at Texas A&M International University. His previous book was a translation of Goli Taraghi’s short stories, A Mansion in the Sky. 
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