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04/06/11

Sedagh Hedayat - Sixty years on

By Paul Sanford and Syma Sayyah

 
Painting of Hedayat by Amin Nourani

On 4th April 1951, just sixty years ago, Sadegh Hedayat, Iran's most famous writers of short stories turned on the gas and ended his life in a flat in Paris.  His life has intrigued many people and he has been the subject of many films and books.


"From No. 37" (Az Khaneh Shomareh 37)
A documentary on Sadegh Hedayat

Although still banned in Iran, Hedayat's works have been translated into many languages and the "Blind Owl" is considered among the ten most important surrealist works of literature in the world


At a meeting at the British Academy in London last week organised by the Iran Heritage Foundation, we had the opportunity to see a new film on Hedayat directed by Sam Kalantari and Mohsen Shahrnazdar, and also a very interesting talk by Dr Homa Katouzian, a world expert on Hedayat.


Mohsen Shahrnazdar and Sam Kalantari

The film, "From No. 37" (Az Khaneh Shomareh 37), takes a profound and compelling look at Hedayats childhood in Iran and his life in France leading inexorably to that fateful April day.  There are interviews with those that knew him, his family and his followers, and literary critics. There are many aspects to Hedayat's personality that intrigue those that read his books, and the film, and Dr Katouzians talk, included a few more insights into his life.


Dr Homa Katouzian

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