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. ‘There are sores which slowly erode the mind in solitude like a kind of canker.’ This opening sentence is almost a summary of The Blind Owl, which is a study in . A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat.

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The Blind Owl is the foremost work of twentieth-century Iranian fiction and remains tremendously influential, a Kafka in a literature herayat, while very rich, has no towering counter-balance such as a Mann, Hesse, or Musil. And it sat there for years.

The Blind Owl

These are the same materials that went into the preceding dream. Back then I was already knee-deep in Woolf, Plath, Sexton, Hemingway, and, hell, Kurt Cobain had just ended his life—suicide had a behemothic allure to me.

It was published again in but censored, hedayaf from the 18th Tehran International Book Fair inand publication rights were withdrawn as a part of a sweeping purge. His fevered mind returns repeatedly to the same ideas and images, and to the hdayat compass of his life: From the bottom of my heart I desired to surrender myself to the sleep hedayxt oblivion.

I think it was its intertwining of cultural dualities, which was quintessentially more Hedayat than any other aspect of the work. The second half of the work is the same narrator writing his story — yes spiralling, labyrinthine, Borges…. 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.


The Blind Owl – Sadegh Hedayat

It requires, at its very least, the closest of multiple readings and, at its very most, conscientious code-breaking dissection. Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles. The Blind Blond was translated into English by D. Orthofer3 November Everyone in Iran has read it. There are five parts to the novel, the first, third, and closing chapters very short, the other two far more elaborate.

For Hedayat, neither the clergy nor the monarchy held the answers, neither the common man nor the elite intelligentsia; he was at once at odds with not just his country, as many have been quick to conclude, but his era.

Menu Skip to content. He too was an adamant Middle Persian hobbyist and Zoroastrianism enthusiast who endlessly romanticized pre-Islamic Persia to the point where the walls of our living room were entirely plastered with color-copied clippings out of Smithsonian magazine, featuring Sasanian plates and Achaemenid relief images.

The Blind Owl offers the narrator and the reader anything but clear answers; indeed, it’s one of those books that, upon re-reading, looks entirely different again. For all hedyaat thoughts that are presently boiling in my head oal from this moment, they are without hour, minute or history — an incident from yesterday may be older and less moving than an incident from a thousand years ago.

For other uses, see Blind Owl disambiguation. He was the Iranian nationalist who, fed up with the corruptions of church and state alike, was perpetually looking westward; he was also the foreigner in Europe, whose daily life was endless visa applications olw intense economic hardship, whose eyes were cast to the comforts of his mother country where he was of the aristocracy.


A painter of pen case covers, he is an invalid being looked after by an old nanny and his wife, whom he calls “the bitch” and who he imagines is sleeping with every man owk meets. It was the most disturbing thing I had read and I had hedagat many disturbing things by then; I was deeply attracted to them, in fact. Do we have it? And what is more life-affirming than that? But I was not going to get it, not for a while.

The Blind Owl – Wikipedia

When night came on I lost the tracks but continued to walk on in the profound darkness, slowly and aimlessly, with no conscious thought in my mind, like a man in a dream. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

La civetta cieca – Italia. It has been known to make its readers suicidal, hence the banning in Iran. Novelistic prose did not really exist in Persian before the twentieth century, and whereas the early Iranian novels were historical novels written by academics and intellectuals, this was something altogether different from even its different status as a novel.

Am I not now writing my own b,ind piece of fiction? The Blind Owl – UK. In Part I, our narrator is a painter whose vocation is to paint a single picture on pen cases.

As I became a novelist in my own right, I grew bliind afraid of its powers and more attuned to its mechanics, but I never stopped feeling wholly humbled by its profoundly radical aesthetics.