Hidāyat, Ṣādiq
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Ṣādiq Hidāyat was born in Tehran on 17 February 1903 and died in Paris on 9 April 1951. He is the author of The blind owl, the most famous Persian novel in Europe and America as well as in Iran. Many of his short stories are in a critical realist style and are regarded as amongst the best written in twentieth-century Iran. His most original contribution, however, was the use of modernist, more often surrealist, techniques in Persian fiction. He was thus not only a great writer but also the founder of modernism in Persian fiction.

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Katouzian, Homa, “Hidāyat, Ṣādiq”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30444>
First published online: 2016
First print edition: 9789004305762, 2016, 2016-3



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