Sadeq Hedayat: His Work and his Wondrous World [NOOK Book]

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Featuring contributions from leading scholars of Iranian studies and / or comparative literature, this edited comprehensive and critical edited collection provides detailed scholarly analysis of Hedayat's life and work using a variety of methodological and conceptual approaches.


Hedayat is the author of The Blind Owl, the most famous Persian novel both in Iran and in Europe and America. Many of his short stories are in a critical ...

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Sadeq Hedayat: His Work and his Wondrous World

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Overview

Featuring contributions from leading scholars of Iranian studies and / or comparative literature, this edited comprehensive and critical edited collection provides detailed scholarly analysis of Hedayat's life and work using a variety of methodological and conceptual approaches.


Hedayat is the author of The Blind Owl, the most famous Persian novel both in Iran and in Europe and America. Many of his short stories are in a critical realist style and are regarded as among some of the best written in twentieth century Iran. But his most original contribution was the use of modernist, more often surrealist, techniques in Persian fiction. Thus, he was not only a great writer, but also the founder of modernism in Persian fiction.


Yet both Hedayat’s life and his death came to symbolize much more than leading writers would normally claim. He still towers over modern Persian fiction and will remain a highly controversial figure so long as the clash of the modern and the traditional, the Persian and the European, and the religious and the secular, has not led to a synthesis and a consensus.

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"This collection with its various approaches to the texts, the person and his ‘wondrous world’, his views, independence and interdependencies is a publication most apt to quicken the appetite." - Madeleine Voegeli; Middle Eastern Literatures: incorporating Edebiyat, 13:1, 117-119 (2012).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134079346
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/13/2007
  • Series: Iranian Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 323 KB

Meet the Author

Homa Katouzian is a social scientist, historian, literary critic and poet. He is The Iran Heritage Foundation Research Fellow, St. Antony’s College and Member, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, and editor of Iranian Studies, Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Hedayat and Modern Persian Literature 1
2 Early Years 17
3 Hedayat in Europe 31
4 Life and Labour in the Golden Era 47
5 Iranian Culture and Romantic Nationalism 67
6 Iranian Culture and Critical Realism 91
7 The Blind Owl: A Critical Exposition 113
8 The Origins of the Blind Owl 135
9 Hopes and Despairs 160
10 Hajis and workers 178
11 Satire and repression 202
12 The Trial: The Message of Hedayat 229
13 The Execution: Hedayat's Suicide 243
14 The Legend and the Man 257
Index 298
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