The Literary Voice of Iran: A Celebration of Mahmoud Dowlatabadi

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Date/Time: 30/10/2008 12:00 am

Panel Discussion: The Literary Voice of Iran: A Celebration of Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Free and Open to the Public
DOWLATABADI is one of Iran’s most important writers. The author of
numerous novels, plays, and screenplays, he is recognized as a leading
proponent of social and artistic freedom in; contemporary Iran.
Dowlatabadi was among the first writers to insist that the everyday
language of the Iranian people was suitable for high literary art, and
has often examined the lives of outcasts and the oppressed in his work.
Born in 1940 in a remote farming region of Iran, Dowlatabadi
worked as an agricultural day laborer until he made his way to Tehran,
where he first worked in the theater before writing plays, stories, and
novels. Dowlatabadi continues to live and work in Tehran, exploring
Iran’s rural and urban societies in his writing. While active in a
variety of literary fields, he is perhaps best known for his novels Missing Soluch,
The Legend of Baba Sobhan, and his monumental 5-volume novel, Kelidar. His works
have also been brought to the big screen, including It’s Winter, the award-winning
2005 film directed by Raffi Pitts. Missing Soluch has been translated to English and
published in the United States by Melville House Publishing in 2006, and appeared on
the NY Sun’s top-ten list of best novels for that year.
This event will celebrate Dowlatabadi’s pivotal work by screening a
recent video-interview with him, and featuring a panel of
scholars—including Kamran Rastegar, Hamid Dabashi, and Nahid
Mozafarri—to discuss his oeuvre. The audience will also have the
opportunity to hear Dowlatabadi’s work read by Arta Khakpour, Neda
Bolurchi, Kouross Esmaeli, among others.
For more details on this event, including directions:



Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, between Broad and Broadway. 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
646 732 326

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