Title: Sindokht

Author: Ali Mohammad Afghani

Publisher: Look

Subject: Persian stories

Age category: Adult

Number of pages: 384

Language: Farsi

Categories: ,


Sindokht is a social-Iranian novel written by Mohammad Ali Afghani, who has been the specialized publisher of Negah Publishing House since 1985.

Sindokht book
The situation of Iranian women in different societies in different periods of history, at different times in each period and in each stratum of society has been different. For this reason, it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive picture of the situation of women throughout history. Ali Mohammad Afghani is one of the Iranian writers who in almost all of his books has been concerned with portraying the face of an Iranian woman to show the concerns and oppression that come to her from all sides. In Sindakht, she has a story about love, women and society.

Summary of Sindokht story
The story of Sindokht is narrated in the hot city of Ahvaz. Engineer Bahman Farzad is the managing director of Ahwaz Motor Oil Factory. He is interested in Sindokht, a girl who has just started working in his factory; But in a letter to the engineer, Sindakht tries to dissuade him from marrying her for some reason.

About Sindakht book
This book was previously published by Amirkabir Publications with the help of Abdolrahim Jafari. Ali Mohammad Afghani in this book, although he did not appear with the power of Ahoo Khanum’s husband, but he was able to show a picture of his society to the reader.

A society that is evolving and modernizing, but there are still traditional views. The author, who has key women in almost all of his stories, this time depicts the lives of different classes of society, especially the position of women in society.

He is a meticulous writer and in the book of Sindakht he presents the details with patience and accuracy. In an explanation, the publisher likens the atmosphere of Sindakht to Balzac’s stories:
Women of all kinds, the most cruel and oppressed, are all captives of a masculine world and the rules made by men. Incidentally, this is the world of Balzac; Women; “Good or bad, everyone is captive, captive of irrelevant men and a masculine world.”

Sindakht is a successful book in characterization, atmosphere and descriptions. For example, the author’s descriptions of the heat of Ahvaz will be attractive and lovable for the audience so that we will feel the heat. The printed version of this book has 384 pages, which for those who are interested in Iranian novels, can be read in one week with only 30 minutes a day.

About Ali Mohammad Afghani
Ali Mohammad Afghani is a contemporary Iranian writer whose name is associated with the novel of Ahoo Khanum’s husband. He was born on December 11, 1303 in Kermanshah. Afghani finished high school in Kerman and came to Tehran to get a scholarship and housing and entered an officer’s college.

He was sent to the United States for a scholarship after graduating from an officer’s college because he was one of the university’s top students. This trip provided a good opportunity for Afghans to get acquainted with English literature and novelists.

In 1333, when Ali Mohammad Afghani was returning home, he was arrested by the then military authorities on charges of membership in the Tudeh Party and subjected to the most severe torture.
Afghani did not stop learning in prison and began teaching English and learning French. Afghani himself says that he also wrote the famous book of Ahoo Khanum’s husband during three years in prison.

Ali Mohammad Afghani has been more influenced by the works of Sadegh Hedayat, Sadegh Chubak and Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh in literature. She published her famous book, The Deer Lady’s Husband, in 2,000 copies, a feat that astonished publishers of the period.

“If I had not gone to prison, I might not have become a writer,” he said. According to him, some writers, such as Jack London, become writers as a result of an incident: “They started a competition in a newspaper to choose the best article about the sea. It is clear that someone who is at sea can write better about the sea.

Of course, the taste and talent of writing is also necessary, but this pen must be discovered. Jack London had both, that is, the experience of living on the sea and the taste and talent of writing, he wrote an article about it that was selected. “Then the course of his life changed and he fell into the realm of fiction.” This Afghan definition was the path that prison had given him.
Afghani said in her autobiography that when she was writing Ahoo Khanum’s husband’s book, she opened up an English dictionary to pretend she was translating an English book, not her own. Ali Mohammad Afghani was imprisoned in Pahlavi until February 26, 1957, and was released at the same time as the People’s Revolution and the fall of the imperial regime.

The popularity of Ahoo Khanum’s husband’s book was so great that Faghani wrote his second novel, Shadkaman Darreh Qarasu, after his release from prison.

Afghani did not write until ten years later and worked for a Japanese company to earn a living. However, years later, in the early 1960s, Ali Mohammad Afghani published The Turnip Fruit, a book he had written before the revolution.
“Sindakht” and “Weaves of Suffering” are among his other works. His books are mostly narratives of the political and social situation of society and its critique in the context of the story. Of course, none of these books brought as much fame to Afghans as Ahoo Khanum’s husband’s book. A few years later, Ali Mohammad Afghani immigrated to the United States, where he published his biography in English.

Works of Mohammad Ali Afghani
“Boothezar”, “Sentenced to Death”, “Dr. Baktash”, “Companions”, “Parvin’s Daughter”, “Sufi Sahne, Kangavar Thief”, “The World of Fathers and Children”, “Hajullah Bashi” and “Goodbye My Daughter”, ” “Ahoo Khanum’s Husband”, “The Weaves of Suffering”, “Sentenced to Death”, “The Happiness of Qarasu Valley” are other works of Mohammad Ali Afghani.

We read in a part of Sindakht book
The night was cold and the thermometer of the hotel room did not exceed twenty degrees when Mr. Bahman Farzad, the technical director of the Ahwaz Motor Oil Factory, opened the door and took off his clothes with the intention of sleeping and hung them in the closet.

However, he was in trouble. He was troubled by the imaginary heat that he thought he had come to Khuzestan a month earlier from his misfortune that year. He had not drunk, but, as you said, he had taken a hot shower, and his head, face, neck, and shoulders felt hot;

A raging, heartbreaking heat that’s apparently caused by a bruise on his nerves and he walked under his skin like an ant. He was even more upset when he thought that he might stay awake all night and not be able to come to work the next morning with vivacity.
From the crickets of the bed as you rolled from gear to gear, from the stiffness of the pillow or the softness of the mattress and the stickiness of the sheets, each of which was an excuse for his insomnia, It was clear from the conversations and conversations that he had with the members of the board for four long hours that night while eating dinner and also after dinner, and all of them were now reflected in his brain like a cry under the arch of a dome, and the sensitive strands of his nerves Giggling was self-deprecating, condemning himself to a monotonous single life and staying in hotels and boarding houses.

He relaxed his arms and stretched his legs, and from under the sheets he felt the coolness of this corner and that corner of the mattress.
But behind the lightened curtain he could see that in the green hall of the hotel, with a chandelier on his head, he was sitting around the table with the board members, who were all elderly and well-to-do men, while having dinner and discussing factory issues. . Mr. Schmidt, a machinery expert who had been sent to Iran from Germany to Iran to install and operate new equipment, had been in Ahvaz for a month now, sitting to his right.

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