The Blind Owl Paperback – Oct 12 2010
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'The father of modern Persian short stories.' The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Sadeq Hedayat was born in Tehran in 1903, of an aristocratic family, and spent most of his life there. In 1951, during a stay in Paris, Hedayat committed suicide. Recognized as the outstanding Persian writer of the 20th 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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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).Read more ›
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.
That is how the translation of D.P. Costello starts.
This first line of the book is enough to grab your undivided attention. This opening draws you into a surreal dream world where fiction and fact flow into each other seamlessly, where symbolism and real life events coexist with the shadows of the dreamworld and people of flesh and blood.
If you like, this book can be compared to a fugue, a musical discipline where one theme is repeated and transposed/transformed in the other voices. Likewise, certain themes are repeated in a different context, much like a puzzle. If you are looking for something easy to read, skip this book. BUT, if you are looking for a little gem in literature, which will reveal itself to you only after giving it your undivided attention, much like a beautiful woman waiting to be conquered, then buy this book. You will read it, and read it again and again, and experience a secret joy over discovering something this precious, a precious little gem.
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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. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2014 by Rafid Haidar
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
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by ERIK
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... Read more
one of the most important aspects of "Blind Owl"is its potential to be interpreted in so many different and even opposing ways. Read morePublished on May 17 2002 by mehrdad salimi
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 morePublished on Feb. 26 2001
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 morePublished on Oct. 3 2000 by Soheyl Dahi