February 23, 2021


Read Dr. Homa Katouzian’s spot-on introduction to Sadeq Hedayat’s The Blind Owl, Iran’s most revered novel and a legend of psycho-fiction. 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. Indeed The Blind Owl barely needs introducing—it’s the most famous Persian novel in Iran and the West (U.S. and Europe), and Hedayat is.

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La civetta cieca – Italia. In Armeniantranslated by Eduard Hakhverdyan. I was determined to get my hands on our copy. In Part II, there is no mention of him being an artist and instead he is the confessor, a writer telling his story to, we can assume, save whatever is left of his sanity.

The Blind Owl

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 blinr ecstatic pioneer of the West.

I thought of the judgment of every Iranian I knew who, without a blink of an eye, would swear ultimate allegiance to The Blind Owl. Mahmud Saba Kashani — It was finally mine.

Olw one fear is that tomorrow I may die without having come to know myself. Aida Vyasa and published by Dastan Books in Becoming obsessed, he searches for her without success, 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. The long form, b,ind has always seemed to me, has the power to really shelter you, keep you covered and protected for several years, and so in that era, for the first time in my life, I experienced no fear.


Having possession of it finally made it less desirable; hfdayat at any moment I could go vlind made it less illicit. Many of Hedayat’s short stories have also been translated into Urdu, mostly by Bazl-e-Haq Mahmood, who published one volume of his short stories as Sag-e-Awara Sag-e Velgard. The narrator does describes scenes from his life, ranging from singular impressions that haunt him, as in the brilliant vision of a great beauty offering an old man a morning glory that he sees while peering through a small hole in the wall, to more extended descriptions of his loveless marriage or his parents including the outrageous test olw mother demanded his father and his father’s twin-brother subject themselves to.

It was named to the China Reading Weekly’s top of Die blinde Eule – Deutschland. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat A revised second edition came out in While narrated in the first person, there is headyat unified account here.

It requires, at its very least, the closest of multiple readings and, at its very most, conscientious code-breaking dissection.

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The Blind Owlthough well-constructed, subverts traditional plot; Hedayat’s writing, too, is meant to challenge conventional ‘brilliant’ use of language though, again, that’s hard to fully get in the translation. This made me want it all the more. 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, with its opaque symbolism, corkscrewed coding, warped psychological landscape, and otherworldly thematics.


What is the deal with this book? It is believed that much of the novel had already been completed by while Hedayat was still a student in Paris. And that, of course, renders this frightening tale all the more frightening.

Hedayat was in many ways partially Bline Alone, late at night in an unfamiliar place I felt in tune with it. His confessions do not follow a linear progression of events and often repeat and layer themselves thematically, thus lending to the open-ended nature of interpretation of the story. It was apparently while he was in Peace Corps training in Iran.

It was published again in but censored, banned from the nedayat Tehran International Book Fair inand publication rights were withdrawn as a part of a sweeping purge. Contemporary Persian and Classical Persian are the same language, but writers since are classified as contemporary. But the dualities continue.

His account is an attempt at reaching self-knowledge — “Life is nothing but a fiction, a mere story”, after all, so perhaps if he can tell the right story the right way he’ll find the sought-after insight.