Sadegh Hedayat: The Frustrated Iranophile


By Amir Ahmadi Arian

Almost every written piece about contemporary Iranian writers starts with Sadeq Hedayat, just as any introduction to American modern poetry starts with Walt Whitman. And, for a reason. Over the course of his short life, which began shortly before the 1905 constitutional revolution and came to an abrupt end by suicide shortly before the 1953 coup, Hedayat published a large number of books – novels, short stories, and nonfiction – which set the tone for modern Iranian literature, and cast a heavy shadow on future writers.

Read the full interview in Persian Life magazine.