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Three Drops of Blood (Oneworld Modern Classics) Paperback – January 1, 2009

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'The father of modern Persian short stories.' The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sadegh Hedayat (1903–1951) was Iran's foremost modern writer of prose fiction and short stories, and is best known for his short novel The Blind Owl.

Product Details

  • Series: Oneworld Modern Classics
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Classics (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847490557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847490551
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,532,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It can be very difficult to find the writing of Sadegh Hedayat in anything other than Farsi or Arabic which is truly a shame because the author was an incredible driving force for the written arts in Iran. The translation is superb and retains the surrealistic flow of the author along with the subtle horror that fills his work.

It is important to understand that the stories in Three Drops of Blood resonate with the culture of the region, along with the religion, and because of this can be difficult at first for the Western reader to immerse within. However, once you pick up this slender volume it is difficult to set down again until reaching the end.

All of these stories weave together, and while they can at first seem completely unconnected the links are there to be followed. Much like The Blind Owl this book is a journey into the land of surrealism, dreams, aspirations, and the human condition.
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The man had a very dark, macabre genius...the last of the stories "Burried Alive" about a man who cannot succeed at suicide attempts is like a foreshadowing of his own suicide. We sense the existential nausea of Sadeq, his disdain for the mundane back in the 1920's before facism, before Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre...dark and despairing as it is, he has a genius for writing...we feel his pain, his skin crawling, every nuance of his total self preoccupation and absorption...he writes like an insane but eloquent person with an ability to paint total vignettes with his words, his adjectives, his moods...interjecting here and there with a few poignant brush stokes to instantly capture the essence of a room, a garden, a window, the wind, the night, dreams, a lost love interest..."The Man Who Killed His Passions" is all about the kind of disillusionment we have all experienced to some degree when we discover that someone whom we consider spiritual and hold in high esteem turns out to be a decadent charlatan and corrupt materialist in secret and it is all fake exterior piety..."the Stray Dog" told from the point of view of a lost and starving maltreated dog is amazing...we find ourselves relating to the dog and his pain and loneliness...the author had a sick and twisted ingenuity like a Van Gogh of word smithing rather than paint, we feel his pain and war with his own existence...Read more ›
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