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Sadeq Hedayat: His Work and His Wonderous Worldby Homa Katouzian
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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 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.
Sadeq Hedayat is Iran's most famous author. This edited collection brings together the foremost authorities on his work. They provide a detailed scholarly analysis of Hedayat's life and work using a variety of methodological and conceptual approaches.
Sadeq Hedayat is the most famous and enigmatic Iranian writer of the 20th century. He was born in 1903 and lived a troubled life which ended in 1951 with his suicide in Paris. His most celebrated novel, The Blind Owl, has made an impact far beyond Iranian literary circles and has drawn the attention of Western critics. But Hedayat's impact on the development of modern fiction and on the lives of generations of Iranian intellectuals derives also from his other works and from his unique approach to life and art in a rapidly changing society. This book is the first comprehensive study of Hedayat's life and works set against the background of literary and political developments in Iran over the first half of the 20th century. Homa Katouzian discusses Hedayat's life and times and the literary and political circles with which he was associated. But he also emphasizes the uniqueness and universality of those ideas that have set Hedayat apart from other Iranian writers of the period and given him a mystique that has been instrumental in his posthumous success.
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