Banned Book! Gloria Frym reading The Blind Owl

Gloria Frym is the author of two short story collections — Distance No Object (City Lights Books) and How I Learned (Coffee House Press) — as well as several volumes of poetry, and a book of interviews, Second Stories: Conversations with Women Artists (Chronicle Books). In 2002, she received an American Book Award. She is twice a recipient of The Fund for Poetry Award, the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund Grant, the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award, and several California Arts Council grants to teach poetry writing to jail inmates. She is Associate Professor in the MFA and BA Writing and Literature programs at California College of the Arts in the Bay Area.

The Blind Owl is Sadegh Hedayat’s most enduring work of prose and a major literary work of 20th century Iran. It was written during the oppressive latter years of Reza Shah’s rule (1925—1941). It was originally published in a limited edition in Bombay, during Hedayat’s year-long stay there in 1937, stamped with “Not for sale or publication in Iran.” It first appeared in Tehran in 1941 (as a serial in the daily Iran), after Reza Shah’s abdication, and had an immediate and forceful effect. However it is believed that much of the novel had already been completed by 1930 while Hedayat was still a student in Paris.

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