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The Blind Owl Paperback – Oct 12 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Pr (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802144284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802144287
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #779,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The father of modern Persian short stories.' The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Porochista Khakpour's debut novel, "Sons and Other Flammable Objects", was named a "New York Times" Editor's Choice, one of the "Chicago Tribune"'s Fall's Best and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the First Fiction category. Her honours include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, Northwestern University, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Ucross, and Yaddo. Her non-fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in "Harper's", the "New York Times", the "Los Angeles Times", "Spin", "Slate" and "Salon", among many others. Khakpour currently teaches at Columbia University's MFA programme, Ford University and Wesleyan University. She lives in New York City.

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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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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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"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.
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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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.There are some similarities which are transcultural and this is the beauty of his work.One is born somewhere in this world with a Paradise in his/her heart.This is somehow reflected in one,s childhood and joyful experiences of youth.These are all symbolized in the dream-lady who is also symbolizing Mother-Persia:the writer,s sweet homeland.Then everything changes and the dream-lady of your sweet dreams becomes your very true wife who makes love to many different people.This is actually your mother-persia who is showing infidelity and surrenders to many diferrent nations and cultures and you have an ambivalent feeling toward her.You love her.How could one stop loving one,s mother? and you hate her.How can one love a disgusting mother who gives her heart to your enemies and to those who tried to eradicate your ancient religion and culture?This is the great tragedy of the writer of "Blind Owl". This ambivalence can not be tolerated in true life and the writer kills his unfaithful wife/mother in his novel and himself in reality.
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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. I read the book more than 10 times in persian and english and each time I found it something different, Something more precious than before. I read your comment and all I want to tell you is to express how sorry I am for you being disappointed at this book. What you don't like about this book is not its style or its mysterious story. It's the writer's way of thinking and seeing the world that doesn't satisfy you. It's like you read The stranger by Albert camus and say this guy must be crazy how could he not cry for his mother's death??!!! But that's exactly the point. That's the philosophy of the absurd that camus believed in. So I guess you're not questioning the story, you probably has a problem with understanding the whole idea and the main meaning of the book. Hedayat was one of the best. He may rest in peace.
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