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Revisiting Sadeq Hedayat's Blind Owl Writings on a Modern Persian Novel

Revisiting Sadeq Hedayat's Blind Owl Writings on a Modern Persian Novel

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Author:Edited by Syed Akhtar Husain and Md. Arshadul Quadri
ISBN 13:9789356877672
Binding:Hardbound
Language:English
Year:2023
Subject:Language and literature

About the Book

Revisiting Sadeq Hedayat’s Blind Owl: Writings on a Modern Persian Novel is a commemorative volume of thirteen scholarly articles on the Persian novel Buf-e-Kur (Blind Owl) by Sadeq Hedayat (1903–51). Scholars of Persian studies have long endeavored to bring this complex novel, written in a unique form and structure, into a simple narrative for afficionados of modern Persian fiction; thus, the present volume is a ‘literary manifesto’, presenting perspectives on the novel and the writer from historical, cultural, psychoanalytical, cinematic, artistic, translational, and poetic viewpoints. Drawing upon continued Indo-Iranian relations when Burzoe translated the Panchatantra into Pahlavi in 570 AD to when Hedayat wrote his masterpiece during his India sojourn in 1937, the chapters presented here explore a number of topics: from critiques of translations of the novel into three Indian languages (Bengali, Hindi, and Malayalam) to discussions regarding the compatibility of the novel with cinema and the interface of the novel with Hedayat’s sketches and paintings. The volume also offers an analogical study of the thought processes of Ghalib and Hedayat, demonstrating the resonance between great minds.