Ghasem Hasheminejad, author of breakthrough novel ‘Elephant in the Dark’ and eminent scholar in classical Persian literature passed away today, Friday 1st April, having suffered from cancer.
Born in 1930, Hasheminejad was an outstanding novelist, a poet, translator and scholar in Persian mysticism and classical literature. He was best remembered for his well-known detective novel, ‘Elephant in the Dark,’ a pioneer of its kind among modern Persian novels, ‘Kheirunnesa: a biography’, two paramount poetry collections namely ‘Pari Khani’ and ‘Testament of Love,’ and many other publications including textual studies in Persian mysticism. He also translated works by T. S. Eliot and Raymond Chandler as well as the worthy manuscript of ‘The Deeds of Ardeshir Babakan’ (see here) from Pahlavi to Persian. Ghasem Hasheminejad was commemorated during the first edition of Tehran Story Award, held on Dec 24, 2014. [Read a detailed report of the event here.]
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