History of Iranian Story Telling: from Avesta to 21th century By
 Mu Hong Yan
Publisher Zhejiang University Pub Date 2019 Pub Location CN Isbn 0 Subject


Iranian story literature has a very long history. Its origins can be traced back to Avesta and the Inscription of Darius (the Inscription of Bisotoon).During the Sassanid period, story writing matured and Many stories in the Sassanid Pahlavi language survive to this day, Such as The Chronicles of Arda Viraf, The Performance record of Ardashir Babekan, A thousand stories, khodayi-Nameh, Bakhtiyar-Nameh, Kalila-v-Dimnah. After Islam, especially during the Samanids, With the spread of Dari Persian throughout Iran, the story literature has reached prosperity and splendor. Between the 10th and 18th centuries, Persian story literature was divided into two categories: poetic and prose. The book focuses on prose stories, such as several kinds of prose Shahnameh, A biography of Alexander in prose ... Samak ‘Ayar, and so on. In the 19th century, Persian literature was gradually modernized with the writings of Akhond zadeh, Talebof Tabrizi, Maragheyi. In the 20th century, with the publication of Dehkhoda's Charand-o-Parand and Jamalzadeh’s Long Long Ago, the modern Iranian novel has fully matured and has found its own status. The book focuses on a detailed discussion of 20th-century Iranian fiction, including the novels of Bozorg ‘Alavi, Jalal Al-Ahmad, Ibrahim Golestan, Sadegh Chubak, Simin Daneshvar, Ahmad Mahmud, Mahmud Doulat-abadi, Bahram Sadeghi, Gholam-Hossein Sa’edi, Isma’il Fasih, Howshan Golshiri, Jamal Mirsadeghi, Ghazaleh Alizadeh, Mohssen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Ma’rufi, and so on.The final chapter of the book introduces Iran's 21st century novels and stories through the introduction of the Ghulshiri-award winners and Al-Ahmad-award winners.The book tries to present Iranian national spirit and characteristics of Iranian culture through the development of Iranian story literature, so that readers can understand that the blood of the Iranian culture have lasted for three thousand years without interruption.