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Disease, Dying, Death, and Trauma in Persian Stories

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2024
Page #: 180
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-56859-405-7
bibliography, index, notes, references

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The topic of this book revolves around the four words that appear in its title, namely disease, dying, death, and trauma. Each chapter explores not only the above mentioned themes, but also questions of identity, loss of homeland, unrequited love and broken heart, crushed dreams, and war, through the maze of dozens of stories often woven into puzzling webs of events. Each chapter begins with a brief real life account related to its theme.


Literary diseases and death are not real; but even though they are fictional, they help us to momentarily reflect on them, to reflect on the senselessness of war, on death and injuries and their consequences, to reflect on the preciousness of life, and to reflect on our own mortality, our own death, when we think about them. As human beings, we seem to have different reactions to diseases and to death and dying. Some of us panic, some go into denial, some don’t care, some…




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author

M. R. Ghanoonparvar

M. R. Ghanoonparvar is Professor Emeritus of Persian and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Ghanoonparvar has also taught at the University of Isfahan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Arizona, and was a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Teachers of Persian (2021) as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to presenting Persian culinary arts to the non-Iranian public from Encyclopædia Iranica (2009). He has published widely on Persian literature and culture in both English and Persian and is the author of: Prophets of Doom: Literature as a Socio-Political Phenomenon in Modern Iran (1984),In a Persian Mirror: Images of the West and Westerners in Iranian Fiction(1993), Translating the Garden (2001), Reading Chubak (2005), Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional and Modern Foods (2006), Iranian Film and Persian Fiction (2016), Dining at the Safavid Court (2016), and From Prophets of Doom to Chroniclers of Gloom (2021). His translations include Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s By the Pen, Sadeq Chubak’s The Patient Stone, Simin Daneshvar’s Savushun, Ahmad Kasravi’s On Islam and Shi’ism, Sadeq Hedayat’s The Myth of Creation, Nima Yushij’s The Neighbor Says: Letters of Nima Yushij and the Philosophy of Modern Persian Poetry, Davud Ghaffarzadegan’s Fortune Told in Blood, Mohammad Reza Bayrami’s TheTales of Sabalan and Eagles of Hill 60, and Bahram Beyza’i’s Memoirsof the Actor in a Supporting Role. His edited volumes include Iranian Drama: An Anthology, In Transition: Essays on Culture and Identity in Middle Eastern Societies, Gholamhoseyn Sa’edi’s Othello in Wonderland and Mirror-Polishing Storytellers, and Moniro Ravanipour’s Satan Stones and Kanizu. His most recent translations include Shahrokh Meskub’s In the Alley of the Friend and Leaving, Staying, Returning, Hushang Golshiri’s Book of Jinn, Moniro Ravanipour’s The Drowned and These Crazy Nights, Hamid Shokat’s Flight into Darkness: A Political Biography of Shapour Bakhtiar and Caught in the Crossfire: A Political Biography of Qavamossaltaneh, Ghazaleh Alizadeh’s The Nights of Tehran, Ruhangiz Sharifian’s The Last Dream and Doran, and Shahrnush Parsipur’s Blue Logos. He was the recipient of the 2008 Lois Roth Prize for Literary Translation. His forthcoming books are Swan Songs: On Diseases, Death and Dying in Persian Stories and Life Is a Fiction: A Memoir of Life and Literature. His forthcoming translations include Ghazaleh Alizadeh’s The House of the Edrisis and Two Views, Hossein Atashparvar’s From the Moon to the Well, and Reza Julai’s Jujube Blossoms.

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

Chapter One
Sores Which Slowly Erode the Mind 1

Chapter Two
Metaphoric Disease and Obsession with the Dead 15

Chapter Three
Coping with Trauma 34

Chapter Four
Ailments of the Heart 51

Chapter Five
The Shadow of Death 66

Chapter Six
Death and Dying in War 88

In Place of a Conclusion 105

Bibliography 108

Index 112

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