Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Iran: Al-e Ahmad manuscripts uncovered after 45 yrs

Source: IRNA

Tehran, June 16, IRNA -- Manuscripts of the late Iranian author and critic Jalal Al-e Ahmad has been discovered after a lapse of 45 years.

Mohammad Hossein Danaei, the authorˈs nephew, unveiled the manuscripts at his residence in Tehran on June 15, 2014, according to Iran Dailyˈs Tuesday edition.

Victoria Daneshvar, Jalalˈs sister-in-law discovered the manuscripts at the authorˈs residence which is going to be sold to Tehran Municipality. ˈThese include four memoirs and three scattered notebooks. The documents also feature Jalalˈs sketches as well as his views on issues such as the Persian writing system,ˈ Danaei said.

ˈThese four manuscripts are ready for publication. I am going to release them after obtaining authorization from Jalalˈs heir,ˈ he said.

Danaei, who speculates that the documents were lost on purpose, said, ˈHis widow Simin Daneshvar, an author on her own right, as well as his two other heirs Shams Al-e Ahmad and Dariush Parviz decided to make copies of a number of unpublished manuscripts left after Jalalˈs death in 1969.ˈ

ˈShams later published some of the works. They include ˈA Stone Upon a Graveˈ as well as a travelogue. However, due to some disputes between Daneshvar and the other heirs, the release of the rest of the books was delayed.ˈ

ˈI guess that the heirs decided not to publish the works at that moment.ˈ

Al-e-Ahmad (1923-1969) was a prominent Iranian writer, thinker and social and political critic.

Al-e-Ahmad used a colloquial style in prose. In this sense, he is a follower of avant-garde Persian novelists like Mohammad-Ali Jamalzadeh.

His novels include: ˈThe School Principalˈ, ˈThe Tale of Beehivesˈ, ˈThe Cursing of the Landˈ. His short stories are ˈThe Setarˈ, ˈThe Chinese Flower Potˈ and ˈThe Treasureˈ.

The author was a strong critique of the dominance of Western technology and culture over the East. He argued that the decline of traditional Iranian industries such as carpet-weaving were the beginning of Western ˈeconomic and existential victories over the Eastˈ.