He was born in and he lived a troubled life which ended in with his suicide in Paris. His most celebrated novel, The Blind Owl has made an impact far beyond Iranian literary circles and has drawn the attention of Western critics. A classic of modern Iranian literature, this edition is presented to contemporary audiences with a new introduction by Porochista Khakpour, one of the most exciting voices from a new generation of Iranian-American authors. Through a series of intricately woven events that revolve around the same set of mental images—an old man with a spine-chilling laugh, four cadaverous black horses with rasping coughs, a hidden urn of poisoned wine—the narrator is compelled to record his obsession with a beautiful woman even as it drives him further into frenzy and madness. It will be haunting, harrowing, and not without humor.
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In , he was among a select few students who travelled to Europe to continue their studies. There, he initially went on to study engineering in Belgium, which he abandoned after a year to study architecture in France. There he gave up architecture in turn to pursue dentistry. In Hedayat attempted suicide by throwing himself into the Marne , but was rescued by a fishing boat. After four years in France, he finally surrendered his scholarship and returned home in the summer of without receiving a degree.
In Iran he held various jobs for short periods. Hedayat subsequently devoted his whole life to studying Western literature and to learning and investigating Iranian history and folklore. During his short literary life span, Hedayat published a substantial number of short stories and novelettes, two historical dramas, a play, a travelogue, and a collection of satirical parodies and sketches. His writings also include numerous literary criticisms, studies in Persian folklore, and many translations from Middle Persian and French.
He is credited with having brought Persian language and literature into the mainstream of international contemporary writing. There is no doubt that Hedayat was the most modern of all modern writers in Iran.
Yet, for Hedayat, modernity was not just a question of scientific rationality or a pure imitation of European values. Corpse of Hedayat in Paris - April Hedayat traveled and stayed in India from until late , the mansion at Bombay where he was staying during his visit at Bombay has been recently discovered in In Bombay he completed and published his most enduring work, The Blind Owl , whose writing he started as early as in Paris.
It has been called "one of the most important literary works in the Persian language". There, on 9 April , he committed suicide by gassing himself in a small rented apartment on 37 Rue Championnet. He had plugged all the gaps in the windows and door with cotton and, so it would not burden anyone, he had placed the money a hundred thousand francs for his shroud and burial in his side wallet in plain view.
His funeral was attended by a number of intimate friends and close acquaintances, both Iranian and French. Current censorship Edit His work is coming under increasing attack in Europe from political Islamists. In Haji Aqa his characters explore the lack of meritocracy in Iran: In order for the people to be kept in line, they must be kept hungry, needy, illiterate, and superstitious.
However, surveillance of book-stalls is limited and it is apparently still possible to purchase the originals second-hand. The official website is also still online. Some material discussing the issue of censorship include: Item  in The Guardian from November "City Report: Tehran"  from Frieze, issue 86, October , discussing Iranian censorship in general.
The Blind Owl
In Books The Blind Owl has been one of the rarest books that impressed me deeply since I first read it. The Blind Owl will make you want to read specific sentences over and over again. It will make you feel like you are reading something out of this world. And Sadegh Hedayat will become one of the people you would wish to know. Advertisements Sadegh Hedayat and his reminder Sadegh Hedayat, who lived between , is one of the modern authors of Iranian literature.
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Kigar It was finally mine. Beard notes the novel features the same actors nedayat different characters over and over. It is that type of national treasure that elicits the most indeed-blind unconditional ardor. It requires, at its very least, the closest of multiple readings and, at its very most, conscientious code-breaking dissection. Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles.
The Blind Owl – Sadegh Hedayat
Arataxe What a wonderful review. As I became a novelist in my own right, I grew less afraid of its powers and more attuned to its mechanics, but I never stopped feeling wholly humbled by its profoundly radical aesthetics. Persian literature novels Books by Sadegh Hedayat Iranian speculative fiction novels Persian-language novels. These are the same materials that went into the blnd dream. The first, entitled Kurudan Moongawas translated by the famous novelist late Vilasini. 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. Hedayat seems to try it all and, on its own terms, most of it meets with success.
In , he was among a select few students who travelled to Europe to continue their studies. There, he initially went on to study engineering in Belgium, which he abandoned after a year to study architecture in France. There he gave up architecture in turn to pursue dentistry. In Hedayat attempted suicide by throwing himself into the Marne , but was rescued by a fishing boat.