The Blind Owl by Ṣādiq Hidāyat

"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.

The 1202nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 318

Since this book was first published in 1937, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 318.0.

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