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The Little Black Fish (Classics of Persian Literature) Paperback – January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: Classics of Persian Literature (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Ibex Pub; Revised edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936347783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936347783
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English, Persian (translation)
Original Language: Persian

About the Author

Samad Behrangi taught peasant school children in Azarbaijan. He drowned shortly after writing this story at the age of twenty-nine. Translator: Hooshang Amuzegar taught Persian at the Diplomatic Language Centre of the British Foreign Office

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Renee Aubuchon on July 23, 2007
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I bought this book as an adult Farsi student because I thought trying to read it might help me learn to read Farsi better than I currently do. I am glad to see that the book has both English and Farsi versions of the story included. I recognize that the book was written for children and not adult language students such as myself- for my purposes, however, it would have been helpful if the original Farsi and English were on facing pages rather than in separate sections.

The story has no clear ending, which is kind of interesting. I can imagine reading this story to children and then asking them at the end- and what do you think the little black fish does next?!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vahid Pourghadiri on June 7, 2000
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ALL CHILDREN AND ADULTS SHOULD ENJOY THIS BOOK. IT CELEBRATES THE ETERNAL DESIRE OF HUMANITY TO KEEP SEARCHING AND MOVING DESPITE ALL THE DANGERS AND UNCERTAINTIES WHICH ACCOMPANY SUCH ENDEAVOURS. IT ALSO HIGHLIGHTS THE DOGMA OF ALL THOSE WHO FEAR CHANGE OR ANYTHING WHICH BORDERS ON THE UNKNOWN AND UNFAMILIAR. ANYONE WHO HAS HAD TO MIGRATE UNWILLINGLY WILL ESPECIALLY BE TOUCHED BY THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK. THE THOUGHT TO PONDER ON IS THE GENERATION OF IRANIANS WHO INITIALLY CAME ACROSS THIS BOOK HAD TO ENDURE CALAMITIES AND ALL THE PAIN AND GLORY OF THE BRAVE LITTLE BLACK FISH. A GREAT EXAMPLE OF SERENDIPITY.
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Samad-e Behrangi, born in a district of the predominantly Azeri Turkish city of Tabriz in East Azerbayjan Iran, wrote a number of groundbreaking essays on the conditions of Iranian education (K to 12) and equally important short stories for children/adults on the conditions of mid-20th century Iran (Pahlavi shah period) including the now classic and international-known story of "the Little Black Fish." A truly engage writer and artist of contemporary Iran, Behrangi ranks among Iran's leading literati and intelligentsia in his perceptive social and cultural views particularly of the Azeri Turkish village children for whom he passionately devoted his young life (died at 27 in a swimming accident in the Araxs River). The Little Black Fish, an allegorical tale of "a coming-of-politica- age" of Iran's youth through the character of the Black Fish seeking the truth of his own life and society through his search for the end of the mountain stream in which he is born but never believed was the end of the his world. The Fish learns about life, its dangers, and his enemies and friends, by leaving his little mountain pond for the sea. It's in the sea that he has his greatest struggles with his enemies, the pelican and heron against whom he leads others to struggle.. Some might consider it to be "autobiographical" in nature. Much loved by the young readers of the 1960s, one of the underground pro-progressive anti-shah groups of Iran was named after him. His others stories focused always on young village and urban people as did his important prefaces for lessons for the young, such as his "A Thousand and One Peaches". or "Twenty-four Hours Awake and Sleeping" or "The Bald Pigeon Keeper.Read more ›
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bijan on September 12, 2000
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This was the first book I read in Farsi many years ago. I really enjoyed it at the age of 10 and I still enjoy reading it at 30.Behrangi gave children hope with his writings.His other stories are also delightful. I'm sure you and the kids are going to love it !
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