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Title: Light Shadow

Author: Sadegh Hedayat

Publisher: Forbidden

Subject: Persian short stories, forbidden

Age category: Adult

Cover: Paperback

Number of pages: 180 p

Language: Farsi

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Introducing the book “Shadow of Light” by Sadegh Hedayat
Sayeh Roshan is another of Sadegh Hedayat’s published works, the creator of works such as The Blind Owl and The Living Grave. This collection contains seven short stories that were published for the first time in 1913. Sadegh Hedayat is an Iranian writer, translator and intellectual who was born in Tehran in 1281 and committed suicide in Paris in 1330!

Short stories in this series:

The woman who lost her husband
The doll behind the scenes

Night of Varamin
The last smile
Fathers of Adam
The story of S.G.L.L.
The story takes place 2,000 years later, in which man has overcome many natural obstacles and has reached the stage where he has cured death, disease, and old age, and has built a good life for himself. There are no superstitions, as well as wars and disputes. But although man has got rid of these problems, his main problem is always with him, and that is the meaninglessness of life, fatigue and tiredness from its purposeless process. These cases remain in him in a painful way and humanity comes to the conclusion in a referendum that in order to get rid of this emptiness, the whole human race must be destroyed at once, and after various consultations, they come to the conclusion that To use, which sterilizes humans.

But one mistake had catastrophic consequences and…
The main characters in the story are Susan and Ted, who are both artists.

In this story from the book Shadow of Light, the final scene is highly symbolic.

The story of a woman who lost her husband
This is the story of people who fall victim to the humiliating gaze of the family. Those who are unjustly condemned to sin. A girl fleeing from hell returns to the arms of a man whose job is to beat and whip her. The girl, in spite of all the hardships, loves the whips that are strained, and when her husband leaves her, she goes from city to city following her, wishing for her whips and the smell of her husband, which is always mixed with dung, all the way. Along the way, she has a child who is her husband’s memory, but when she reached him, her husband refused to recognize her and kicked her out. A sad story of deprivation that convinces mankind of hell.

The story of the doll behind the scenes
In this story, a young boy with that traditional Iranian decency has gone abroad to study. His life is summed up in studying, isolation and dying. One day, he sees a statue in front of the shop window and immediately falls in love with it, buys it at any cost, and accompanies it for six years. When he comes to Iran, he is with her and because of that, they even reject her fiancé and…

The story of the creators
The fourth part of the book is the bright shadow of the story of the creators. It tells the story of the life of the human soul after death, which is meaningless and devoid of any emotion. A real torture. On earth, at least one is happy about death or suicide, but here (life after death) there is nothing.

This story is one of the best in the book and has very deep and beautiful conversations.

The story of Varamin nights
This story is the story of a couple named Farangis and Fereydoun who live together with Farangiz’s half-sister. Their simple and lively life in a village is disrupted by Farangiz falling ill, and when Farangiz dies, Fereydoun is severely broken. He even left the hospital, and when he returned, everyone was talking about the return of the ghost, who came and went at night, but داستان this story was a good and short story that shows how an imaginary belief is formed from fear.

The story of the last smile
It is the time of Caliph Harun Al-Rasheed and the Barmakian family. This story tells of their relationship, how they served the Arabs, how they were taught statehood, and… part of the story of the night before the Barmakian massacre, how they tried to defeat the caliph, and the dialogue between their leaders.

The story of Adam’s fathers
This story is a very interesting story about a ring between monkeys and humans near Damavand Mountain. This story has more of a moral connotation of how hypocrites and opportunists always sit in power.

The storyline is about two groups of monkeys, each with a leader. One day the two leaders go to war with the tigers who always kill the monkeys. The first leader quickly flees to the top of a tree out of fear, and the other fights with the tigers and kills both tigers. But his jaw is eaten. When the job is done, the cowardly monkey announces with a bare chest and with a commotion, “I killed the tigers, and he leads both groups, and…

An Overview of Bright Shadow Books
Shadow of Light is the third collection of Hedayat’s stories after Zande Begour and Three Drops of Blood, which should probably be in line with the language and atmosphere of the previous two collections, but it is not. The stories of this collection are diverse and continue from philosophical and deep themes, which are new experiences in Iranian storytelling, to Hedayat’s constant preoccupations.

The product of the idea of ​​guidance in this collection, which of course continued throughout his life, is the emptiness of the universe, the plundering of the tail and the knowledge that all human endeavors have no result, so all these endeavors must be in a direction that is pleasing and satisfying to human beings. Be considered a supplier.
The puppet behind the scenes, the nights of Varamin and the woman who lost her husband have the same signs of guidance that lead to the hadith of human bewilderment. س.گ.ل.ل. It is a philosophical writing whose ideas are less vividly repeated in Adam’s fathers, and finally the creatures and the last smile of our author’s experiences in reproducing symbols, which of course shows his love for Iran and Iranian culture.

On page 87 of the book we read:
She remembered that she had spent her whole life in the shadows, in the dark, she did not like her fiancée shining. Only out of compulsion, out of desperation, did his mother express interest in him. He also knew that he could not have an easy relationship with Western women, because he avoided dancing, talking, dressing, running, wearing fashionable clothes, flattery, and all the things he needed to do, in addition to avoiding embarrassment and dampening himself. The vision.

Shadow of Light is the name of a collection of short stories that was first published in 1913. Shadow of Light is the third collection of Hedayat’s stories after Zande Begour and Three Drops of Blood, which should probably be in line with the language and atmosphere of the previous two collections, but it is not.

The stories of this collection are diverse and continue from philosophical and deep themes, which are new experiences in Iranian storytelling, to Hedayat’s constant preoccupations. The product of the idea of ​​guidance in this collection, which of course continued throughout his life, is the emptiness of the universe, the plundering of the tail and the knowledge that all human endeavors have no result, so all these endeavors must be in a direction that is pleasing and satisfying to human beings. Be considered a supplier.
The puppet behind the scenes, the nights of Varamin and the woman who lost her husband have the same signs of guidance that lead to the hadith of human bewilderment. س.گ.ل.ل. It is a philosophical writing whose ideas are less vividly repeated in Adam’s fathers, and finally the creatures and the last smile of our author’s experiences in reproducing symbols, which of course shows his love for Iran and Iranian culture.

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