TEHRAN, March 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- Winners of the Third Parvin Etesami Literary Awards were announced at the ceremony at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Tuesday.
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar Harandi, the Culture Deputy of the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohsen Parviz, and the secretary of the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council Mohammadreza Mokhber Dezfuli attended the award presentation ceremony.
Saffar Harandi made a short speech about Parvin, saying that he regarded all her poetry as imagery and the art of her poetry as illustrative art.
Parviz also noted that the literary award of Parvin was arranged to encourage more female writers, adding, "Women carry out many activities in society and are of great importance. They are actually filling in lost parts of the country's culture and literature.
Mokhber Dezfuli also remarked that the Supreme Council is paying due attention to Iran's luminaries and is certain that Parvin is among them, adding, "We must consider that the times in which Parvin was born and grew up was a very sensitive period of Iran's history and the appearance of a woman writer in those years needs more study.
Etesami (1907-40) was one of the most prominent Persian poets of the 20th century. She composed her first poem in a classical style at the age of eight. Her first collection of poems was published in 1935 and she received the Medal of Art and Culture in 1936.
Her poems contain social, humanitarian, educational and mystical concepts, and no allusions to romantic love or feminine sentiments are found in her work.
Afterwards, the secretary of the ceremony, Elaheh Rajabifar gave a short report about the literary award and said, "Out of 4707 works submitted to the secretariat of the festival, over 200 were selected by the jury and the final selection contained 18 works in the fields of poetry, fiction, drama, research works, and children literature."
The ceremony was followed by tributes paid to Ghazal Tajbakhsh, Simindokht Vahidi and Fatemeh Rakei, and also the late poetess Tahereh Saffarzadeh was honored.
Following is the list of winners:
Blank Verse: "In Time of Alborz" (Mehrnush Qorbanali)
Traditional Poetry: "Piano" (Maryam Jafari-Zamani)
Poetry Translation: "A Selection of Iran's Contemporary Poetry" (Fariba Gorgin)
Drama: Robert Bolt's play "A Man for All Seasons" (translated by Farzaneh Taheri)
Fiction: "Last Chapter" (Gita Garakani)
Literary Thesis: "Modernism and Postmodernism in Persian Contemporary Fiction" (Mansureh Tadayoni)
Children's Poetry: "Tinseled Shoes" (Shokuh Qasemnia) and "Oh, Bell, Oh Bell" (Afsaneh Shaban-Nejad)
Children's Fiction: "365 Stories for the Year" (Mojgan Sheikhi)
Young Adult's Poetry: "Your Star Was Lost" (Kobra Babaii) and "I Miss You" (Atusa Salehi)
Young Adult's Fiction: "Little Lady" (Soheila Alavizadeh)
Translation of Children's Books: "A life, to ..." by author Marie-Sabine Roger, translated by Nilufar Baqerzadeh Akbari
Translation of Young Adult's Books: One story by Sharon Creech translated by Keivan Obeidi Ashtiani
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