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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
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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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
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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'll tell you, first thing, without a word of a lie, I was looking forward to reading "The Blind Owl". Read morePublished on Dec 30 2000 by peter wild
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