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Reading Chubak

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Literature Series 10
Availability: In stock
Published: 2005
Page #: ix + 218
Size: 6x9
ISBN: 1-56859-181-0
appendix, bibliography, index

 
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Reading Chubak is an examination of the life and works of Sadeq Chubak, one of the most prominent Iranian novelists and short story writers of the 20th century. A landmark in the development of modern Persian short stories and novels, Chubak’s work has had a profound influence on the ensuing generations of writers. With his innovations in the language and structure of his stories, Chubak was considered an experimentalist and pioneer in modern Persian prose fiction. Although Chubak’s characters are palpably Iranian, in an Iranian social milieu, his stories constitute a microcosmic reflection of the universe, as is the case with any great writer. In fact, his stories have been translated into many languages. In this book the author provides a descriptive analysis of all Chubak’s short stories, novels, and plays including a detailed literary examination of The Patient Stone, his magnum opus, within the context of Iranian socio-political history and literature. Furthermore, he examines the life, character, and personality of this important literary artist in the light of his work and also in literary, extra-literary, biographical, social, and political contexts.

author

M. R. Ghanoonparvar

M. R. Ghanoonparvar is Professor Emeritus of Persian and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely on Persian literature and culture and is the author of Prophets of Doom: Literature as a Socio-Political Phenomenon in Modern Iran, In a Persian Mirror: Images of the West and Westerners in Iranian Fiction, Translating the Garden, Reading Chubak, Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional and Modern Foods, and most recently Iranian Film and Persian Fiction. 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, Davud Ghaffarzadegan's Fortune Told in Blood, Mohammad Reza Bayrami's The Tales of Sabalan, Bahram Beyza'i's Memoirs of the Actor in a Supporting Role, Nima Yushij’s The Neighbor Says: Letters of Nima Yushij on Modern Persian Prosody, and Ja'far Modarres-Sadeqi’s Horse's Head. Among his edited volumes are Iranian Drama: An Anthology, In Transition: Essays on Culture and Identity in Middle Eastern Societies, Iranian Languages and Culture: Essays in Honor of Gernot Ludwig Windfuhr, and Critical Encounters: Essays on Persian Literature and Culture in Honor of Peter Chelkowski. His latest translations include Red Olive: The Memoirs of Nahid Yusefian, Amir Moazenzadeh's The Battle of Prophets & Wizards: The Nostradamus Code and Vampires, and Mohammad Reza Bayrami's Eagles of Hill 60. His forthcoming volumes include Death, Literary Diseases, and Persian Stories and translations of Modarres-Sadeqi’s Appointment in Allepo and Shahrokh Meskub’s In Alley of the Friend.

Preface and Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1: Introduction.

Chapter 2: Social Puppets.

Chapter 3: The Fate of the Victims.

Chapter 4: On "The Patient Stone."

Chapter 5: Conclusion and Reassessment.

Chapter Notes.

Appendices.

Bibliography.

Index.

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