From Translation to Creation

Less than a year ago, a friend called upon me to translate a play from Persian to English. After replying “yes” without any hesitation, I started to worry if I would be able to translate professionally or not. Before that, … 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



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



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



Houshang Golshiri Awards

Houshang Golshiri (born 1936, Esfahan—June 5, 2000, Tehran) is a prominent figure in Persian secular literature. His most famous novel, Prince Ehtejab (1968), later became an internationally acclaimed film. He became one of the first Iranian writers to apply modern … read more