Thursday, January 17

Writers and Revolution

"...Unquestionably some writers are deeply moved by political and social causes, and they write with power to support whatever they think is necessary to bring about a better world. Every revolution has had a few writers involved in it at the beginning; by the end they are frequently either disillusioned or dead. But it would be wrong to dispute their sincerity or their goodness or their goodness of heart" (Robertson Davies).


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3 comments:

Winston said...

Socialist or Theological based revolutions are bound to fail...

saggezard said...

There have certainly been writers after the Islamic revolution, unfortunately they were and still are mostly of the self proclaimed class of Iranian intellectual writers who held deep hatreds towards the type of progress Iran made during the Pahlavis' reign. This type of writer fails to have a truly critical pen. In fact from this personal stand point I learned not to hold any writing sacred which I thank these same writers for. Great Iranian writing after the Islamic revolution is very rare, there are interesting texts but nothing great that I can mention. Is there any suggestions you have for me to read any great Iranian work of the post revolution era? Like the caliber of Hedayat, Choobak, Shamlu. I have met and talked to Simin Behbahani but do not consider her of this era. Is there a distinct voice from any writers after the revolution?

Bita said...

The best of them, would be Ali Mirfetros (دکتر علی میر فطروس), Mahsheed Amir Shahi (بانو مهیشد امیر شاهی), and this is as far as I can think of any writer of great understanding. I highly recommand you to read (در حضر) whihc has been penned by Banuo Amir Shahi.