The Blind Owl

Sadiq Hidayat


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Penguin Classics
6 October 2022
ISBN: 9780143136583
112 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Sassan Tabatabai

Blind Owl, Sadeq Hedayat's masterpiece, tells the story of a young pen-case painter and his heartbreak. Isolated and alone, he mourns the loss of a mysterious love while descending into recollections and dreams frosted over by opium and alcohol, and imbued with the images he paints: an old man, a cypress tree, a beautiful woman, a waterlily. In stark, lyrical terms, the puzzle of the pen-case painter's grief is slowly unveiled ...

As inscrutable as it is universal, Blind Owl is the seminal work of Persian modernism, and one of the great novels of the twentieth century.