Ṣādiq Hidāyat

Ṣādiq Hidāyat was a prominent Iranian writer, translator, and intellectual. Born on February 17, 1903, in Tehran, Iran, he is considered one of the foremost modernists in Persian literature. Hidāyat is best known for his complex and dark narratives, which often delve into themes of existentialism and psychological depth. His most famous work is 'The Blind Owl,' a novel that has been interpreted as a reflection of his own inner turmoil and struggles with mental health. Hidāyat's influence extends beyond Iran, as his works have been translated into many languages, contributing to his international recognition as a significant literary figure of the 20th century. He passed away on April 9, 1951, in Paris, France.


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  1. 1. The Blind Owl

    "The Blind Owl" is a haunting narrative that delves into the psyche of a tormented artist who is grappling with love, loss, and existential dread. The protagonist is a reclusive painter of pen cases who is haunted by the image of a mysterious woman, leading him down a spiral of obsession and madness. The story unfolds in a dreamlike narrative, blurring the lines between reality and illusion, and is steeped in Persian mysticism and symbolism. The novel explores themes of alienation, death, and the fragility of the human condition.