"The father of modern Persian short stories." The Guardian
This collection of short stories, previously unpublished in English, displays the disturbing and evocative force of Hedayat's writing, and confirms his place in the literary canon. They depict a world of revelation, uncanny similarity, grotesquery and insanity.
The title story, 'Three Drops of Blood', follows the protagonist's increasingly unstable mental state through the repeated occurence of three drops of blood, while 'Hadji Murat' depicts an almost Joycean epiphany in classically understated terms, as a man mistakes another woman for his wife. These are stories which, though set in a distinctive milieu, deal with universal truths and cut to the very essence of humanity.
About the Author
Sadegh Hedayat was born in Teheran in 1903, of an aristocratic family, and spent most of his life there. In 1951, during a stay in Paris, Hedayat committed suicide. Recognised as the outstanding Persian writer of the century, Hedayat is generally credited with having brought his country's language and literature into the mainstream of contemporary writing.
'The father of modern Persian short stories.' The Guardian
Series: Alma Classics
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 25th October 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.45