By Michael Beard
The Iranian author Sadeq Hedayat is the main influential determine in twentieth-century Persian fiction--and the thing of one of those cult after his suicide in 1951. His masterpiece The Blind Owl is crucial novel of contemporary Iran. Its abrupt, tortured starting sentence, "There are sores which slowly erode the brain in solitude like a type of canker," is likely one of the top recognized and most often recited passages of contemporary Persian. yet beneath the book's uncanniness and its narrative eccentricities, Michael Beard strains a sublime pastiche of widespread Western traditions. a piece of advocacy for a annoying and robust piece of fiction, his complete research unearths the importance of The Blind Owl as a milestone not just for Persian writing but in addition for global literature.
The overseas, decentered nature of modernist writing outdoor the West, typified by way of Hedayat's eu schooling and extensive studying within the Western canon, advised to Beard the method of assessing The Blind Owl as though it have been a Western novel. considered during this context, Hedayat's complicated chronicle demanding situations the very suggestion of a countrywide literature, rethinking and reshaping our traditions till we're pressured, "through its eyes," to work out them in a brand new way.
Originally released in 1990.
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