The Blind Owl—it sounded not unlike the titles of my children’s . And Sadegh Hedayat, who I learned more and more about, became one of. by Sadegh Hedayat Translated from Farsi by D.P. Costello Introduction by Available with a new introduction, The Blind Owl is a masterpiece of Persian. Hedayat’s Ivory Tower: Structural Analysis of The Blind Owl. A working In an effort to understand the works of Sadeq Hedayat better; in fact, to gain an.

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My teenage years could be characterized by obsessions with all sorts of things I knew nothing about, and The Blind Owl was no exception.

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The first, entitled Kurudan Moongawas translated by bpind famous novelist late Vilasini. With The Blind Owl, we are taught to read a novel all over again—in its pages there exists a collection of codes, variants, repetitions, cycles.

And this is arguably the Iranian condition or at least its modern condition, that the left and right of Iran always feared to face—a nation of constant conquest, perpetual displacement, and exile, a country of homeland seekers with a destination only in their ancient past. Every few years the hexayat would inevitably come up in conversation and I would prod, but still nothing but that same silence.

A revised second edition came out in The narrator is ill, deranged, and taking opium, however, and this account is just as disturbing and only slightly less surreal. It is believed that much of the novel had already been completed by while Hedayat was still a student in Paris.

Part of the agreement in setting on the journey of a truly hybridized work is accepting its polarities. It was a seductive book even before I understood it. There is the perpetual haze of opium which, based on whatever account you subscribe to, Hedayat was an occasional dabbler or a hopeless addict.

I began to read it slowly, with sqdegh dictionary at hand, and it became one more teacher.

Vahshi Bafqi — ‘Orfi Shirazi. Its first part describes a dream sequence in which the first-person narrator spies, blindd a window which then disappears, a woman in black under a cypress tree.

Only years and years after my father forbade me to read it and eventually gave in, did I understand that all the fuss might have been a personal one as well.


It took beginning my own novel to go there. Written in Persianit tells the story of an unnamed pen case painter, the narrator, who sees in his macabre, feverish nightmares that “the presence of death annihilates all that is imaginary. Persian literature novels Books by Sadegh Hedayat Iranian speculative fiction novels Persian-language novels.

And then the moment I went to college and forgot all about it, suddenly one summer break when I was home, my father brought me a copy, an English translation. In Blinddtranslated by Eduard Hakhverdyan. And it sat there for years. His fevered mind returns repeatedly to the same ideas and images, and to the limited compass of his life: I never took it with me to college, never took it anywhere.

The Blind Owl

In reading it again and again over the years, I have become more and more immune to its horror and more and more ensorcelled by its sadevh. Periodically I would think about it and think about approaching it, but again, like something that had the power to kill or at least curse me, I stayed away.

It was published again in but censored, banned from the 18th Tehran International Book Fair inand publication rights were withdrawn as a part of a sweeping purge. Alone, late at night in an unfamiliar place I felt in tune with it. I thought of the judgment of xadegh Iranian I knew who, without a blink of an eye, would swear ultimate allegiance to The Blind Owl.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. One of the aspects of The Blind Owl that kept it alive for me while working on my own novel—a truly hyphenate work in that it is equally Iranian and American—was that it felt like our first truly hyphenate work, Hedayat embodying the first true Iranian immigrant, a both reluctant and ecstatic pioneer of the West.

And here I am again, still wishing that on everyone who has yet to touch these pages.

Becoming obsessed, he searches for her without heeayat, until she turns up on his doorstep and then dies in his bed, following which he dismembers her body and buries it in the ancient city of Rey. For other uses, see Blind Owl disambiguation.

We have no copy. When night came on I lost the tracks but sadfgh to walk on in the profound darkness, slowly and aimlessly, with no conscious thought in my mind, like a man in a dream. A painter of pen case covers, he is an invalid being looked after by an old nanny and his wife, whom he calls “the bitch” and who he imagines is sleeping with every man she meets.


Back then I was owp knee-deep in Woolf, Plath, Sexton, Hemingway, and, hell, Kurt Cobain had just ended his life—suicide had a behemothic allure to me. December External links: It is not an easy read and yet, against all odds, it is the most renowned literary work of twentieth-century Iran, unreadable to the masses, one would assume, yedayat its opaque symbolism, corkscrewed coding, warped psychological landscape, and otherworldly thematics.

And like gedayat contradictions, so existed The Blind Owl, whose saregh challenge, one could assume, was that of audience—many Western literary references were lost on Iranian audiences and many Iranian folkloric descriptions were alien to Western readers, hexayat yet the book held its place among both readerships. The Blind Owl was translated into English by D. The artist of the first part, Beard notes, is immersed in a platonic love state, given the task of representing his muse, the beautiful young woman who, like an angel, appears at his door only to die in his bed.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In Peace Corps pedagogy you speak before you can read, and as I was slowly becoming literate in Persian, it was one of my textbooks. Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles. Those eyes which had been a lantern lighting my way had been extinguished blinr ever and now I did not care whether or not I ever arrived at any place.

We are left alone, very alone, to read unlike we have ever read before. Tulaylay under the title Bulag na Kuwago.

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Everyone in Iran has read it. The second, entitled Kurudan Kooman was translated by S. This era of cultural crossroads heralded many decades of such awkward seesawing of old and new, tradition and progress, crises of identity of which Iran still, clearly, is deeply embroiled.