Salouch Vacancy is a realist novel by Mahmoud Dolatabadi, written immediately after his release from SAVAK prison for 70 days. Dolatabadi had developed the story in his mind as he spent three years in prison.
… And we can still see with our own eyes that our women in different parts of Iran are doing hard work instead of men, in livestock, agriculture, textiles, etc., and in the share of suffering they suffer and the force that In resistance and hard work against this life, they are no less than men. What Iranian boy do you see who does not feel more religious towards his mother in his own upbringing than he does towards his father?
In this case, my spontaneous effort has been to manifest the true character of the woman as a very valuable force in my work, and as I see it, I have more or less succeeded so far. Morgan’s protest is against this life, which is oppressed by him and others like him;
And Morgan’s resistance and hard work, and his endurance and stubbornness, at the same time deny this stigma of inability. He defends his life like a female tiger. It transforms it and even confronts others with a vague tomorrow when necessary; And in my opinion, except that these behaviors are more beautiful than the behaviors of a man in the face of events, there is no difference between them.
Vacancy Soluch is a realist novel by Mahmoud Dolatabadi that he wrote immediately after his release from SAVAK prison for 70 days. Dolatabadi had developed the story in his mind as he spent three years in prison.
Morgan, a village woman, does not see her husband one day when she wakes up. With a kind of secret sense, he realizes that he has lost her forever, and his search is fruitless. He now has two sons, Abbas and Ebrau, and a daughter, Hajar. The incompatibility of the two brothers, especially gambling and acts against Abbas, doubles the problems of the family. Morgan is forced to marry Hagar as a child to a married man who has paralyzed his wife.
The greedy look and harassment of some ten men is also one of the troubles of his life. He tries his best to make a living with hard work and hard work. But her efforts can not soften the harsh face of life, and in the end she is forced to leave the village, leaving her eldest son and daughter Hajar, looking for nowhere and the illusion that her husband is alive.
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One day, a rural woman Morgan does not see her husband when she wakes up. With a kind of secret sense, he realizes that he has lost her forever, and his search is fruitless. Now he stays with two sons named Abbas and Ebrau and a daughter named Hajar. The incompatibility of the two brothers, especially gambling and acts against Abbas, doubles the problems of the family. Morgan is forced to marry Hagar as a child to a married man who has paralyzed his wife. The greedy look and harassment of some ten men is also one of the troubles of his life. He tries his best to make a living by working hard and hard. But her efforts can not soften the harsh face of life, and in the end she is forced to leave the village, leaving her eldest son and daughter Hajar, looking for nowhere and the illusion that her husband is alive.
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Morgan, who got out of bed, was not a slut. The children were still asleep: Abbas, Abraw, Hajar. Morgan wrapped the borrowed gloves under his face, got up, set foot in the small courtyard of the house, and went straight to the oven. Salouch was not the head of the oven either. Last night you slept on the stove. Morgan did not know why? He just saw that the head of the oven was sleeping. He would come home late, very late at night, go straight to the porch porch, and under the broken porch roof, the edge of the oven would be chamfered. He was small. He folded himself, dipping his knees into his abdomen. He would put his hands on his thighs – two pieces of bone -, put his head against the wall, and pull the old donkey’s head – the donkey that had been locusted and dead this spring – and put it to sleep. Maybe you do not sleep. Who knows, maybe he crawled and talked to himself until morning? Because it was the last few days of talking.
In the history of literature, many books are born of prison and its conditions. Salouch vacancy is one of them. Mahmoud Dolatabadi devised this story during his three years in SAVAK prison and wrote it within 70 days after his release from prison. This work is about a woman named Morgan who loses her husband one morning. His wife, Salouch, who works as a plasterer and legislator, leaves home one morning and disappears. Morgan, who is the central character of the story, tries to manage the house affairs and his three children, Abbas, Ebru and Hajar, in the absence of Salouch.
They live in a deserted village and literally need a piece of dry bread. The story is told during the years of the White Revolution and land reform, which in itself creates double deprivation for the poor people of the area.
In this work, Mahmoud Dolatabadi, on the one hand, has taken a look at current government policies; The gloom of the people who have been left to their own devices. The second is how to break up patriarchal (patriarchal) families, how the loss of one person can shake the lives of others dependent on him forever, just as Morgan can not protect his children no matter how hard he tries. Her sons tear each other in the face over a piece of bread, forcing Hagar to marry her teenage daughter to a middle-aged man (the man who kicked his mother out of the house and beat and maimed his wife to death).
One of the important events of the story, which shows the power of illustration and the pen of Mahmoud Dolatabadi, is the chapter that shows Abbas falling into a well and suddenly getting old. Abbas is the eldest son of the family who is not on the way, he is rebellious and the evil inside him is bigger than his brother Abra.
He becomes the assistant of the camel rider during the story and is attacked by the spring camels. Something that is interpreted as camel hatred. The camels follow him and he escapes and throws himself into a well where two snakes live. He has to stay there for a few hours, and when he is rescued, he becomes an old man.
The end of the story is also one of the open endings of Persian novels. On the day Morgan finally decides to emigrate, he sees a person who looks like Salouch. Is this his illusion?
About the author
Mahmoud Dolatabadi was born in 1310 in Sabzevar. To continue his education, he went to Mashhad, where he became interested in theater, and then went to Tehran, where he continued his artistic life, which had its roots in his hometown and Mashhad. He was active in cinema and theater for some time, and finally in 1341, his first fiction work called Te Shab was published. He continued his writing career and is now known as one of the leading writers of Persian literature.
Among his works, we can mention Klidar (ten volumes), The Gone Ages of the Elderly People, The Vacancy of Salouch, and so on. His stories are often written in the style of realism, and over time his prose has shifted from simple Persian to poetic and sometimes complex language. Mahmoud Dolatabadi has won numerous awards, including the French Culture and Art Medal of Honor and the Jan Mikhalsky Literary Prize in Switzerland, as well as being nominated for other international awards such as Man Booker and Best Translated Book in the United States.
Part of the book
Where are you, man? Where have you been, man?
How you melted and fell to the ground; How did you get in the wind? You’re gone. You’re lost. Where are you man?
Where have you been, man? I have my hands and face on you and my feet are held hostage by you. An old pain is shooting at my back. You can not hear the pain in my back!
Morgan straightened his back and stood up. He had to start again. The last time was heavy; The future prospects, too, were tense. Is it possible to stay in one place? Is it possible? How long can you crawl into your nest like a beaten dog? In this big world, there is an end to you. There is a last resort for you. In a life that has not blossomed.
Bahا’u’ll .h Khorramshahi: “The vacancy of Salo است is a painful and heartbreaking suffering, depressing because it grabs the reader by the heart while reading, and after reading, and perhaps never, it does not take the grip out of his heart. The images and descriptions of this work are extremely penetrating and heartwarming; It is very rude;
It brings peace and security to the reader. While reading, sometimes in order to reduce the intensity of my empathy and sympathy with the people of this novel, I consoled myself that these are not true, Dolatabadi has made of himself! But this self-deception lasts only a second. Even if the author (Dolatabadi) himself states that these people, and most importantly all the dead, did not have a real model and an objective external example, their truth is still not diminished. “What magic is art that even lies are true.”
Houshang Golshiri: “I confirm the vacancy of Salouch, of course, with two hundred pages removed. Dolatabadi, instead of coming back and writing stories in my own way, should have continued to vacate Salouch. Unfortunately, I was intimidated for no reason. Wanted to use a new technique when it did not. Dolatabadi’s vacancy is one of the best Iranian stories »
Hafez Mousavi: “One of the ways to introduce the literature of any country in the world is to use the opportunity of prizes such as Nobel and 7. If Nima and Shamlou, who both deserved it, had won the Nobel Prize, the world position of our literature today would have been much better. Dolatabadi, in my opinion, has such a chance. In my opinion, a number of his short stories and two key novels, The Void of Salouch, are among the most Iranian works of our contemporary literature. By being Iranian, I do not mean nationalist tendencies. “I mean the honest reflection of the life, culture, thoughts, ideals and mood of the Iranian people in a historical moment.”
2- Introducing the book in Aparat