Dubbed the father of ‘psycho-fiction’, or the iranian franz kafka, he is best known for his haunting the blind owl, a novel telling of death, loss and psychosis we bring you dr homa katouzian’s introduction to sadeq hedayat’s the blind owl, his dramatic life and other works.
A tribute to sadeq hedayat, the leading fiction writer of modern iran.
In novel folklore, jason reza jorjani, whose grandfather was best friends with hedayat, offers a revolutionary interpretation of the blind owl jorjani reveals hedayat’s complex appropriation and adaptation of libertine gnostic and antinomian tantric ideas and argues that he aimed to reestablish iran’s perennial role as the cultural crossroads of the western world and the indo-buddhist east.
The second part of the blind owl reveals the background to this dream the narrator is ill, deranged, and taking opium, however, and this account is just as disturbing and only slightly less surreal the narrator is ill, deranged, and taking opium, however, and this account is just as disturbing and only slightly less surreal.
Widely regarded as sadegh hedayat s masterpiece, the blind owl is the most important work of literature to come out of iran in the past century on the surface this work seems to be a tale of doomed love, but with the turning of each page basic facts become obscure and the reader soon realizes this book is much more than a love story.
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