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The Blind Owl [Paperback]

Sadegh Hedayat , Porochista Khakpour , D. P. Costello
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Oct. 12 2010
The story is narrated by a young man, a painter of miniatures, whose name is never given. He feels an overbearing need to recount an experience he went through that has shattered his whole existence. A beautiful woman, an old man and a cypress tree are the recurring motifs.
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Sadegh Hedayat was born in Teheran in 1903, of an aristocratic family, and spent most of his life there. In 1951, during a stay in Paris, Hedayat committed suicide. Recognised as the outstanding Persian writer of the century, Hedayat is generally credited with having brought his country's language and literature into the mainstream of contemporary writing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Drawn nails Dec 30 2000
Format:Paperback
I'll tell you, first thing, without a word of a lie, I was looking forward to reading "The Blind Owl". I'd heard the right noises (odd coos of approval and comparisons with other writers I liked) in the right places (other cool novels, hip joints packed to the rafters with swinging cats, that kind of thing) and I approached it (reluctantly, the way you approach anything you want to savour) like a dish of my most-favourite food, prepared to bite a hunk off, roll it over my tongue and press it flat against the roof of my mouth. I wanted to be surprised. I wanted it to better expectation (I never expected this food to melt like snow, who could have predicted that aniseed-y fennel aftertaste, that kind of thing). Because you have hopes. You have hopes for any new book (the way you have hopes for anything you invest yourself in).
Here is a book written by a friend and contemporary of Jean-Paul Sartre. Here is a book written by an intense bird-faced man from Persia who later killed himself for one of the multitude of never-to-be-understood reasons men kill themselves. Here is a book that has been described as a narcotic suicide note.
Although there are five chapters, the book essentially divides pretty evenly into two halves: the first three chapters make up part one, the last two chapters part two.
When you start reading, you are not disappointed. The book is peculiar. Dated like Kafka or Canetti but contemporary, dark and dreamlike (think Ishiguro's "The Unconsoled"). The food-y metaphor I was kicking around earlier is sort of apposite: "The Blind Owl" reads like a bubbling cauldron of something indiscriminate (it's been bubbling so long you can no longer tell precisely what went in there to make up this stew).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Incomprehensible Feb. 2 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am getting to old to read books where I understand nothing. Perhaps I am not smart enough but I understood nothing when I read this book. If you like books like Ulysses by Joyce, Cat and Mouse by Gunter Grass, The sound and the Fury by Faulkner then this may be a good book for you. If you like literature where you can understand the story this definitely not the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and beautiful June 13 2004
Format:Paperback
I can't relate at all to the reviewer who compared reading this book to pulling teeth. It is strange and slightly demented, but these qualities seem only to add to the overall quality. If one were to be in a peculiar state of mind and smoke opium, the result would be something like this. The protagonist is a sick, solitary misanthrope who suffers from what seem to be hallucinations of an old man with a turban with a horrifying laugh (this is repeated over and over again, like some kind of mantra) and a beautiful woman our anti-hero is fixated on. He persistently refers to his wife as "the bitch", but seems to love her dearly despite her infidelity and disdain of him. Hedayat's character is both self loathing and world loathing, preferring to his hypnagogic visions and sickly existence to 'real' life. He no longer makes distinctions between sanity and insanity. He finds a woman's body chopped up (it seems) and does not tell the police. By the end of this novel, really a series of incomprehensible happenings spliced with some bitter comments on humanity, we have come to understand him as a lucid but self divided man losing his mind. This is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Beauty Aug. 4 2003
By ERIK
Format:Paperback
This book was intense and poetic at the same time,raw and brutal, but very sympathetic. The mental breakdown the man suffers in this story is very disturbing at times and sometimes too familiar.The author is Iranian and has sparked my interest into looking into more Middle Eastern writers. The darkness that is in this book is so smoothly layered throughout the story that you can't help but feel sorry for this man, even when he describes the very morbid thoughts he keeps having and acting on. I highly recommend this book, but be prepared for some dark sentiment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and haunting, truely like no other Feb. 15 2003
Format:Paperback
An Persian friend reccommended this book to me, and managed to read it all in one sitting. It was such a quick, compelling read, with so much going on that you feel like you are running through a sandstorm. I have NEVER read a description of an insane mind as well written as this. Poe, Lovecraft, and Dostoeyevsky, I would say, have written excellent descriptions of insane minds, but this is by far the best. By the way, Lovecraft and Dostoyevsky are my two favorite authors.
The passage where the narrator describes his dream woman as an angel, and describes the beauty of her eyes is definatly the most beautiful passage I have ever read. Likewise, his descriptions of the more gruesome scenes are really quite disgusting.
Hedayat really wrote a masterpiece here. I would highly reccomend it to people who enjoy the authors I have previously mentioned. Its a great book, with so many layers, and so many different ways to interpret what's going on. In the end, even I was unable to figure out what the truth of the matter really was. Absolutely fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars health catastrophe Oct. 15 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Acclaimed by Henri Miller as the best book he has ever read in any language ... a short creepy novella for eradication of humankind
Also praised by Octavio Paz, Andre Breton and many others
not a dream but a too real life of an opium addict in Iran ... you can find the same unbelievable images at the hear of middle east.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blind Owl
Sadegh Hedayat is an extraordinary writter. This is a must read, indeed a masterpiece of Iranian lit. Reads very well in one sitting.
Published on Nov. 27 2009 by Nourai
4.0 out of 5 stars blind owl still alive
one of the most important aspects of "Blind Owl"is its potential to be interpreted in so many different and even opposing ways. Read more
Published on May 17 2002 by mehrdad salimi
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem in lirature
"There are sores which slowly erode the mind in solitude like a kind of canker"
That is how the translation of D.P. Costello starts. Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by "azmatan"
5.0 out of 5 stars A comment about Mr. Peter Wild's review...
I don't have much to say about the blind owl. This book is one of the most famous books in the world and its value and specific style is awesome. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2001 by "sarseporde"
5.0 out of 5 stars A psychic novel partII
Blind Owl is a masterpiece whose values are getting more clear as time goes by.This is the whole history of mankind no matter where one was born or raised. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2000 by mehrdad salimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Hedayat was the Blind Owl
Sadegh Hedayat did not write a novel. This was his autobiography. A rather macabre tale that in reality ended in a small apartment in Paris. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2000 by Soheyl Dahi
5.0 out of 5 stars vision
I loved reading "Blind Owl" though I am sure I didn't get the whole thing. But the idea was sad and real. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2000
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