This year the Jalal Ale Ahmad Awards finally announced a finalist out of the nominees to surprise the disappointed literati.
The most sumptous Iranian literary award had refused to pick a top winner in the last editions, denying its tantalized nominees of the supposedly 110 golden coin award. Meantime, the only fortunate top winner was Mansur Anvari whose lengthy yet rarely-read novel The War Road was the finalist of the 4th edition of Jalal Ale Ahmad Award.
This year, however, a beam of light cast upon the frozen hearts of Iranian writers as the Ale-Ahmad Award’s jury announced Abutorab Khosravi’s novel Tormenting Angels and Mohammad-Kazem Mazinani’s Ah Ba Shin as the top winners, with the 110 gold coins evenly distributed between them. In other sections, Dr Hossein Payandeh’s Opening the Novel was awarded as top winner, while the jury considered no short story collection or documentary worthy of the final award.
It should be mentioned, on the sideline, that both Abutorab Khosravi and Hossein Payandeh were academic members of the award’s jury team.