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The author of the book: Sadegh Hedayat
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Edition: Oneworld Classics Ltd
Date of issue: July 1st 2008
ISBN: 1847490697
ISBN 13: 9781847490698
Language: English

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This classic Iranian novella, darkly romantic and surrealist at its core, is flecked with unsettling realistic detail and structured in a fashion which heralds postmodernism, calling into question the meaning of its own narrative, and—by implication—the function of narrative itself. It is also the source of a folk belief: people are routinely warned against reading it because doing so may cause suicide. Taken together, what an extraordinary weight for this little book to carry!

Its author Sadegh Hedayat (1903-1951), was a product of Catholic education, learning French from the Lazarist brothers in secondary school. At the age of twenty two, he traveled to Belgium for university, having promised his government to become a civil engineer, but he hated Belgian weather, hated civil engineering; soon he moved to Paris to study architecture, then dentistry, then literature. He immersed himself in Poe, Kafka, and Rilke, experimented with opium and alcohol, and fell headlong in love with a Parisian girl. When the affair ended, unhappily, he tried to drown himself in the Marne. About this time, he wrote the first draft of The Blind Owl.

After four years in France, he returned to Tehran, having failed to earn a degree. He worked as a bank clerk, and hated it; he lived in a country too conservative to publish his best creative work. Although he was socially and politically engaged--forming a literary circle, dabbling in left-wing politics--he continued to seek comfort and solace in opium and alcohol. In 1936, he traveled to India, where he first published The Blind Owl; four years later, when the Shah's fall ended strict censorship, he was finally able to publish the book in his native Iran.

It is an extremely unusual book. It tells two stories—or one story in two different forms, surreal and then realistic—involving a bitter young opium addict, a woman he loathes and loves, a cackling old man who wears a turban, and a sudden--perhaps violent--death. The surreal story, which comes first, is the more powerful, its bare-bones narrative rendered hypnotic through artful repetitions of evocative imagery, and it both enriches and undermines the realistic tale which comes after. Its narration reminds one of “The Tell-tale Heart,” its hopelessness of the parables of Kafka, but the only book I know that it actually resembles is James Hogg's 1824 novel, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Written by Himself: With a Detail of Curious Traditionary Facts and Other Evidence by the Editor--only here it is the later, more realistic story which calls the earlier narrative into question.

It is a gripping, memorable literary experience, and I would advise you to read it. And, no, I do not think it will compel you to commit suicide. It is true, though, that Hedayat did commit suicide, but his death followed years of addiction and disillusionment. After allocating money for his shroud and burial, after stopping up the gaps in his windows and doors, he turned on the gas in his tiny apartment in the heart of the great city of Paris, where years ago his book The Blind Owl had begun.


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Ebook The Blind Owl read Online! Iranian author who introduced modernist techniques into Persian fiction. He is considered one of the greatest Iranian writers of the 20th century.

هدایت از پیشگامان داستان‌نویسی نوین ایران و یک روشنفکر برجسته بود. برترین اثر وی رمان بوف کور است که آن را مشهورترین و درخشان‌ترین اثر ادبیات داستانی معاصر ایران دانسته‌اند. حجم آثار و مقالات نوشته شده درباره نوشته‌ها، نوع زندگی و خودکشی صادق هدایت بیانگر تأثیر ژرف او بر جریان روشنفکری ایران است. هرچند شهرت عام هدایت نویسندگی است، آثاری از نویسندگان بزرگ را نیز ترجمه کرده‌است. صادق هدایت در ۱۹ فروردین سال ۱۳۳۰ در پاریس خودکشی کرد. آرامگاه وی در گورستان پرلاشز پاریس واقع است


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