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Someone Without Peers 538 1 - Someone Without Peers

Someone Without Peers

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I have a friend who I see once in a while, and whenever we meet, we talk about our favourite books. Next time, we will take our words back. It’s always like this; we turn back and refine our opinions on books. We do so reluctantly, because ‘to refine’ implies that once we had talked crap and had even insisted that our crap talk was correct. Last night, for instance, my friend sent me a message stating that The Night Journey by Bahman Sholevar is not as compliment-worthy as he had once believed, and that Jalal Ale Ahmad’s criticism (which at the time had seemed like conservative nonsense written out of envy) now sounds thoroughly truthful. We used to enthusiastically praise Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being for how it changed the way we thought about time. Some twelve years later, when we met, the first thing we talked about was how amazing it was that thanks to Kundera we had once thought the world was reversible, and in any event, life was going to give us time for free. We went through a singular agony reading Ismail Kadare’s The Great Winter, and it was only when we next met that we realised all the hardships we read about could also have been part of our own lives.

Published in the October 2017 issue of Asymptote Journal (read the complete text in Persian and English here)

The piece has also been translated to Italian and published in Internazionale.


5818 - Wild Nights!

Wild Nights!

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5818Wild Nights!

Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway

Written by Joyce Carol Oates

Translated to Persian by Farzaneh Doosti

Published by Ney

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A project in A Gallery

where Mohammad Tolouei is going to visually present the process of creating the Anatomy of Depression.

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ethics - Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil

Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil

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ethicsEthics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil

Written by Alain Badiou

Translated to Persian by Bavand Behpour

Published by Cheshmeh