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A Stone on a Grave

Translated from the Persian by Azfar Moin.

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Literature Series 11
Availability: In stock
Published: 2008
Page #: xiii + 122
Size: 5 x 7
ISBN: 1-56859-222-1, ISBN 13: 978-1-56859-222-0

 
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Sangi bar Guri [A Stone on a Grave] is a candid account of a male Iranian, in this case, a well-known essayist, fiction writer and socially and politically engaged intellectual, in his struggle to cope with his inability to produce offspring. In this book, Jalal Al-e Ahmad delves into the recesses of his own psyche to explore the roots of his identity as an Iranian male, his manhood. Consciously, he tries to uncover why having children to continue one’s name and legacy, not unlike one’s gravestone, should signify that he had existed, and why it should be of concern and importance after one’s death. In a sense, he attempts to justify his own inability to have children. But, subconsciously, he reveals aspects of himself and his psyche that he may not have intended to reveal. This volume also includes an in-memoriam essay by the renowned writer and Al-e Ahmad’s wife, Simin Daneshvar.

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Jalal Al-e Ahmad

Born in 1923, Jalal Al-e Ahmad was a prolific writer, some of whose works including his most popular anti-government polemic essay, Gharbzadegi [Weststruckness, Mazda Publishers, 1983], his most popular novel Modir-e Madreseh [The School Principal], and perhaps his best novel, Nun Valqalam [By the Pen] have appeared in English translation. He died of a heart attack at the age of 46 in 1969.

Introduction by M. R. Ghanoonparvar

A Stone on A Grave.
Translated from the Persian by Azfar Moin

Jalal's Sunset by Simin Daneshvar,
Translated from the Persian by Blake Robert Atwood

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