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The Collected Dramatic Works of Mirza Fath-Ali Akhundzadeh: And the Story of Yusuf Shah

Eited by Hasan Javadi

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Performing Arts Series 13
Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2018
Page #: xii + 296
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1568593487
plates, bibliography, index, notes

Quick Overview

Mirza Fath-Ali Akhundzadeh (1812-78) was the father of modern Azerbaijani and Persian drama, a man of letters, propagator of a new alphabet, and one of the most outspoken free-thinkers of the Islamic world in the nineteenth century. A reformer and liberal, Akhundzadeh wanted to introduce the European way of life and democratic methods of government, not only to his native Azerbaijan but also to Iran, which he considered to be his homeland. In his plays, as well as in some of his non-romantic works, Akhundzadeh used satire and humorous realism as the best way to awaken a backward nation that had grown accustomed to repression and corruption. Akhundzadeh, saw his plays as a means of social criticism and reform, satirizing government corruption, and drawing a more farcical picture of the society. They are masterpieces of humor and comedy which brings to mind the most hilarious pages of Moliére in his early work. For Akhundzadeh, the aim of his plays was “the edification of people’s moral values.”

Mirza Fath-Ali Akhundzadeh

Introduction

Haji Qara or The Miser.
Translated by Hasan Javadi

The Bear and the Bandit.
Translated by Hasan Javadi

Monsieur Jourdan and Mastali Shah.
Translated by Alexander Rogers
and revised by Hasan Javadi

The Magistrates.
Translated by Epiphanius Wilson

The Alchemist.
Translated by Guy Le Strange

Khan of Lankuran’s Vazir.
Translated by W. Haggard & Guy LeStrange

The Story of Yusuf Shah Sarraj (the Saddler).
Translated by Sir Edward C. Ross

The Autobiography of Mirza Fatali.
Translated by H.Javadi
Bibliography
Index

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