Time and the Parsagon Journey*

In the early snowfall of September in Calgary-my adopted home, and the short and windy autumn that ironically followed the snow, I imagined this moment. This day in November, that I knew I would be out of the country, sitting … read more



Bijan Najdi [1941-1997]

Bijan Najdi (15 November 1941 in Khash, Iran – 25 August 1997 in Lahijan, Iran) was an Iranian short story writer and poet best known for his collection The Leopards Who Have Run with Me, which was his only short … 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



Kadkani, a Gem of Khorasan

There are not many literary scholars in the history of Persian literature who are also great poets; neither are there many poets who made it as great literary scholars. Mohammad Reza Shafi’i Kadkani (b. October 12, 1939), renowned poet and … read more



Top 2014 Literary Translations From Persian

The year just passed was not that fruitful in the number of Persian literary works translated into English; the list hardly exceeds ten. In terms of choice and quality, however, the books have a lot to say: 1. Nima Youshij: … read more



Reza Baraheni on Nima Youshij

Excerpt from the book Nima Youshij: Modern Persian Poetry, published by Candle & Fog, 2014 | Collected and Translated by Somaye Talebi, Leila Rasouli | Edited by Babak Bouban | (c) Published under permission of copyright holders. Nima in Afsaneh … read more



10 Feb 2015

1. Khalil Khatib Rahbar Passes Away Aged 92 Dr Khalil Khatib Rahbar was born in 1923 in Kerman and received his doctorate degree in Persian Literature from the University of Tehran and retired after thirty seven years of work as … read more



Tehran Story Award

Tehran Story Award (or as Zibasazi has entitled it, Tehran’s Story Award) was founded in 2014 by TBO (Tehran Beautification Organization, dependnt of the Municipality of Tehran) in collaboration with Hamshhri Magazines Group. The main goal of the award is … 1st Edition



Let Us Steal a Lease of Life

Raised in Post-War plenty, I could hear the chains of concentration camps rattling somewhere close by; but we children of the earnest fifties were soon etched by the permissions of 1965-1975; when these unwelcome hallucinations faded, so did many other … In Memory of Martin V. Turner