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



Mirza Fathali Akhundzadeh and Iranian Drama

Despite the Persian poetry, the Persian drama did not root in the ancient history of Iran. With a modern background, the history of the Persian dramatic literature, in the western sense of the concept, went through ups and downs. However, … read more



Afra or the Day Passes: A Structuralist Reading (II)

Afra, or the Day Passes by Bahram Bayzayi (b. 1938), the prolific Iranian screenwriter, playwright and director, was published in 1998 but was only premiered in 2009. It turned to a very successful performance which was warmly welcomed by the … 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



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


Bombay Rain

Bombay Rain, Part I

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