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The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
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Oct 28, 11

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Read in October, 2011

Read on a recommendation from an Iranian friend. Unnamed pen case painter recounts his story/dreams/nightmares - frequent repetition of images, scenes in slightly different settings adds to the unreal, dreamlike feel - filled with macabre images of death and decay, seemingly squalid and corrupt portrait of humankind. EAPoe-ish in its nightmarish, fevered feel. It is never clear what is supposed to be real and what is just nightmare.

Perhaps, being written in the 1930s, an allegory of life under the Shah? Otherwise, not sure what was the intent.

Short, quick read although the translation is often grammatically challenged.

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