The Iranian author Sadeq Hadayat is a master of prose fiction. His short stories were translated into different languages, and are regarded as some of the best Iranian literary works of the 20th century.
Tbilisi/Teheran/New York (mea) Sadeq Hedayat (1903-1951) is one of Iran's most distinguished modern writers of prose fiction and short stories. Six of his famous literary works have recently been published in the Georgian language.
'The Blind Owl', 'The Stray Dog', 'Three Drops of Blood', 'Mr. Haji', 'Buried Alive', and 'The Pearl Cannon have been translated by several Persian language instructors at universities in the Georgian Republic.
'The Blind Owl,' about a painter, who comes face to face with death in his murderous nightmares, is the most famous modern Persian novel in Iran, Europe and America.
It is considered Hedayat's masterpiece, and was not published in Iran until 1941.
'The Blind Owl' was written during the oppressive years of the former Iranian monarch, Reza Shah. It was originally published in limited edition in Bombay (renamed Mumbai) during Hedayat's year-long stay there in 1937. The book was stamped 'Not for sale or publication in Iran.'
It first appeared in Tehran in 1941 (as a serial in the daily 'Iran') after Reza Shah's abdication, and had an immediate and strong impact.
Many of Hedayat's short stories were translated into different languages, and are regarded as some of the best Iranian literary works of the 20th century.
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PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin - News, Politics, Art and Science. Nr. 146, August 2009