The Blind Owl

The Blind Owl

Book - 1957
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Baker & Taylor
A young man drifts into despair and madness after losing a mysterious lover.

Perseus Publishing
Jacket Description/Back: Considered the most important work of modern Iranian literature, The Blind Owl is a haunting tale of loss and spiritual degradation. Replete with potent symbolism and terrifying surrealistic imagery, Sadegh Hedayat's masterpice details a young man's despair after losing a mysterious lover. And as the author gradually drifts into frenzy and madness, the reader becomes caught in the sandstorm of Hedayat's bleak vision of the human condition. The Blind Owl, which has been translated into many foreign languages, has often been compared to the writing of Edgar Allen Poe.

Considered one of the most important works of modern Iranian literature, The Blind Owl is a haunting tale of loss and spiritual degradation. Replete with potent symbolism and terrifying surrealistic imagery, Sadegh Hedayat's masterpice details a young man's despair after losing a mysterious lover. As the narrator gradually drifts into madness, the reader becomes caught in the sandstorm of Hedayat's bleak vision of the human condition.


Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c1957
Description: 130 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780802131805
0802131808
Branch Call Number: Hida

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mclarjh
Sep 26, 2014

The larger than usual sized print (14 point) makes it easy to read.

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VRMurphy
Dec 11, 2013

The language in this is amazing - if it's this lyrical in translation, it must be beautiful in the original. Take the time to read it like poetry.

theorbys Jun 02, 2012

As deep, dark, strange, and brilliant as it gets. He wrote some interesting short stories too.

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lebaudroy
Oct 23, 2011

I picked this up from kwsmit's recommendation, and I second every one of his statements, and would add that the book also happens to be well written (well translated, I should say).

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kwsmith
Sep 21, 2011

Rich in self-reflective symbolism and imagery, this short novel reads like a cross between Kafka and Poe. Hedayat artfully takes the reader inside the mind of a madman. The result is a profoundly unsettling nightmare of alienation and inconsolable loneliness.

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smesgara
Jun 21, 2011

It’s unique and amazing. I’ve never read anything like it. You can’t trust what the tormented narrator is telling you, since he is insane. You can’t make complete sense of it, and that might be a good thing.

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