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Modern Persian Prose Literature

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Originally published in 1966, this book forms the companion volume to A Modern Persian Prose Reader (Cambridge, 1968). It provides a series of concise, accessible essays reflecting on the development of Persian fiction during the modern period. The structure of the text is broadly chronological, with chapters allocated to key authors, literary movements, and social changes. A long second section is devoted to the work of Sadeq Hidayat (1903–1951), regarded by many as Iran's foremost writer of prose fiction and ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1966, this book forms the companion volume to A Modern Persian Prose Reader (Cambridge, 1968). It provides a series of concise, accessible essays reflecting on the development of Persian fiction during the modern period. The structure of the text is broadly chronological, with chapters allocated to key authors, literary movements, and social changes. A long second section is devoted to the work of Sadeq Hidayat (1903–1951), regarded by many as Iran's foremost writer of prose fiction and short stories. This is a fascinating book that will be of value to anyone with an interest in Persian literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521169189
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Note on transliteration; Part I: 1. The historical background; 2. The Qajars and reform; 3. Regeneration of prose; 4. The eve of revolt; 5. Constitutional revolution; 6. Historical novels; 7. The reign of Rizā Shah; 8. Early writers of the Rizā Shah period; 9. Later writers of the Rizā Shah period; 10. After Rizā Shah: the period of political experiment; 11. Post-war writers; 12. Buzurg 'Alavī; 13. The younger writers; Part II: 14. The leading writer of modern Iran: Sādiq Hidāyat; 15. The early period; 16. The creative period; 17. The life of his countrymen; 18. The sardonic grins; 19. Hysterical self-analysis; 20. The barren period; 21. The period of high hopes; 22. The aftermath; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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