Hails to the e-Real

Browsing in the card catalogues of libraries always fascinated me for two reasons; firstly, the excitement of finding the book I eagerly wanted to read, which could easily lead to the disappointment of the item’s unavailability, and, secondly, the opportunity … read more



Goli Taraghi [b. 1939]

The first chapter of Goli Taraghi’s Two Worlds, “The First Day”, begins with the narrator finding herself stunned and silent at a psychiatric hospital, stuck with “destroyed people” and their “aged hands”. Resisting to communicate with her doctor, nurses, and … read more



Illustrator Morteza Zahedi’s Favorite Fiction

 Renowned painter, illustrator and sculptor Morteza Zahedi was born in 1978 in Rasht, Iran. Zahedi graduated in painting in 1995 and ever since then has held a number of solo exhibitions in different countries including Japan. Many of his illustrated children’s … read more



The Flight of a Very Old Man Born with Enormous Wings

The demise of Gabriel Garcia Marquez is more than a casual newspaper heading. It’s the death of a gigantic writer whose mighty pen and magic could win the hearts of almost all readers everywhere. Along with the rest of the … read more



A Translator’s Note: Hedayat, Translated / Hedayat, the Translator

“Bombay Rain” is from a collection of interrelated short stories whose protagonist and/or narrator is an Iranian living in India, bringing together elements of both cultures, places, languages, etc. The story is about the narrator and his friend wanting to … read more



Bombay Rain, Part II

Written by Payam Yazdanjoo | Translated by: Poupeh Missaghi | Edited by: Adam Seth | Header Photo by Matteo Vegetti (c) “Bombay Rain” was first published in Denver Quarterly, Vol 48, No3, 2014, and it is being republished here by permission of copyright … read more



Golshiri Awards on Pause

After 13 controversial rounds, the private-section Golshiri Award is stopped. The coordinators hope that by pausing the current system of annual award-granting, they can direct their limited budget towards improving the Golshiri Foundation’s website (here). In a public letter published … read more



Just Say Nothing: a carnival of voices

Our Rating: Just Say Nothing (2009) is a collection of nine short stories written by Mohammad-Hussein Mohammadi. Red Figs of Mazar (2004) and Encyclopedia of Afghanistan Story Writing (2006) are among other works published by this young prolific Afghan writer. … read more