The Blind Owl

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802144287
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 290,512
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Dark and powerful In this surreal novella, an unnamed protagonis

    Dark and powerful
    In this surreal novella, an unnamed protagonist unburdens the deadly weight on his chest by confessing to his own grotesquely owl-shaped shadow on the wall.

    "in order to explain my life to my stooping shadow, I am obliged to tell a story. Ugh! How many stories about love, copulation, marriage and death already exist, not one of which tells the truth! How sick I am of well-constructed plots and brilliant writing!"

    In his mind-spinning narration, it is difficult to tell when the events described are cloaked with opium, veiled with madness, or are simple truth. This novel is deeply disturbing in many ways. It narrates horrific events, certainly, but it is the manner that they are conveyed that is frightening. His imagery is surreal. His repetition is hypnotic. His words are oppressive.

    "Only death does not lie. The presence of death annihilates all superstitions. We are the children of death and it is death that rescues us from the deceptions of life."

    The imagery and symbolism used by Hedayat portrays his personal marriage between Western and Eastern culture. Although this book is considered the essence of Persian literature, there are signs of Poe and Kafka. The Blind Owl bled, vomited, and wept Freudian symbolism.

    This was an amazing book, and highly recommended to people interested in Persian fiction or in modernist fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Beautiful

    I picked up this book from a college book store from a class i wasnt taking. It's beautifully depressing, in a way that makes.u sympathize. Its short sweet but deeply moving. I would recommend and read again.

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