Archive for the ‘Modern Iranian Works’ Category


by Susan Abraham

Every now and again, I fancy taking a long peek into the Tehran Times. Not that I am keen to nose around for an episode that may yet prove controversial and unexplained.  The truth is that I take enormous pleasure in skimming through a Persian newspaper which may  offer a groundwork for a sharper depth of knowledge and broader viewpoints when succumbing to  Iran’s domestic matters. This, as opposed to varied media that signal a different portrayal for a predictable worldview.

I first stumbled on  the newspaper as my interest in Iranian and Middle-Eastern cinema, all accompanied by classical literature, soared rapidly in 2008. I was determined to absorb myself with Persian culture. Cinema had awakened the slumbering child in me and I became laden with an inate curiosity purported to someone at play while musing on the workings of Iranian peasantry, country and town life. Perhaps it was the extraordinary exoticism that would choose to prevail itself in a way I found delightful.   I watched several Iranian films while imbued by thoughtful reflection and feeling slightly obsessed  – it was often one screenplay after another like a stack of cards – still hoard unopened favourites in my bedroom cupboard back in Dublin.
One fascinating  section is the Culture category which features many columns on the Arts that often tell me things I don’t know.

Cordial greetings of hospitality that transcend stories of political doom and gloom for instance; the many translated contemporary and classical literature, festivals, exhibitions and the visits of invited international guests made up of poets, writers, artists and illustrators to Tehran and all of whom are treated warmly, are some of these. Clearly, this is the kinder, softer spot of Iran that many don’t always see.

For so long, the quest for the Kilimanjaro sponged up all the rest of my passions and would allow them to be squeezed into my heart only in drops.   Now, while I will once more go mountaineering  in April, East Africa seems to be a little laidback  in my spirit and I am finally able to focus on other things.

Once more after a long time, it was back to the Tehran Times and my first contribution to this blog would be to tell you that eminent Iranian author Hushang Moradi Kermani has had a tidy new comic novella out.  Called Cushion – its fictional tale of which Kermani describes as a soft pillow for intelligent society –  the story is made up of a group of smart citizens of a fictional town who try with fervent intensity, to repair and rebuild a clock dating back to a 100 years.

I am not sure what the innuendos are at the present time but it does sound a savvy plot with important social undertones if I am guessing rightly. Kermani who was born on September 7, 1944 and who also writes for children and teens has had his works translated into several languages including English. Spanish, French, Taiwanese and the Italian. I am currently learning Persian so I must with fascinating interest, look out for this one.

Further Reading:Books by Husang Moradi Kermani at the Iran Bookshop