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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. 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 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), and Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional and Modern Foods (2006). 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, 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 The Tales of Sabalan and Eagles of Hill 60, and Bahram Beyza’i’s Memoirs of 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 Moniru Ravanipur’s Satan Stones and Kanizu. He was the recipient of the 2008 Lois Roth Prize for Literary Translation. His most recent books are Iranian Film and Persian Fiction and Dining at the Safavid Court. His forthcoming book is Literary Diseases in Persian Literature, and his forthcoming translations include Shahrokh Meskub’s In the Alley of the Friend, Hushang Golshiri’s Book of Jinn, and Hamid Shokat’s Flight into Darkness: A Political Biography of Shapour Bakhtiar and Caught in the Crossfire: A Political Biography of Qvamossaltaneh.

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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