Iranian Literature

Excruciating pain in man’s penis turns out to be a rare side effect of COVID

Excruciating pain in a man’s penis has been blamed on COVID infection, as doctors warned of the rare side effect. Writing in a medical journal, the Iranian team described how the virus caused blood to clot in the poor man’s tree. The unnamed man had suffered from penile pain for …

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AhlulBayt World Assembly staff should have Intl. point of view on their activities

Stressing the need for an international perspective on the activities of the Assembly, the Secretary General of the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (as) added: “International institutions cannot be managed from a purely Iranian perspective. The supreme leader of the revolution told one of the international institutions: “In the activities, you …

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Shahrud’s centuries-old public baths are being restored

TEHRAN — The historic Chahar-Suq public bath in Shahrud, in the north-central province of Semnan, has undergone rehabilitation works, Shahrud’s tourism chief has announced. The project involves repairing the ceiling and staircase as well as reinforcing the foundations and walls, Hamidreza Hassani said on Saturday. A budget of 500 million …

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A Scheherazade for our time

SHAHRZAD AND THE ANGRY KINGBy Nahid Kazemi Angry kings swarm literature. In “The Epic of Gilgamesh”, the oldest poem that has come down to us, the inhabitants of Uruk implore the gods to save them from the rapes and pillages of their ruler. In “One Thousand and One Nights”, Sultan …

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The poetic humanism of Iranian cinema

Iranian screenwriter and director Asghar Farhadi won Iran’s first Oscar in 2012, and a decade later his last feature film, A herois now one of the main contenders for the title of best international film. Such recognition for Iranian films is neither new nor unusual, as the country has always …

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A brilliant year: Alireza Firouzja’s ascent to the top

The real deal Six years ago, at the end of January 2016, we told you about the surprising victory of a 12-year-old in the Iranian championship. A smiling kid Alireza Firouzja had just scored 8 points in a 12-player round robin to become National Champion with a tournament rating performance …

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After COVID poet dies in Iranian prison, activists accuse Tehran

PARIS (AFP) – Dissident Iranian poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin died in custody in Tehran after falling ill with COVID-19, human rights groups said on Saturday, angrily accusing republic leaders Islamic cause of his death. “Baktash Abtin has passed away,” the Iranian Writers Association (IWA) said in a statement broadcast …

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“Augustine: The Confessions” in Iranian bookstores

TEHRAN – Iranian publisher Chatrang recently published a Persian translation of “Augustine: The Confessions” by Gillian Clark. Reza Alizadeh is the translator of the book, originally published in 2005. Augustine’s “Confessions”, written at the end of the 4th century AD, are a highly significant text in the history of European …

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Iranian films win big at LIFFT India Awards

TEHRAN – Iranian films were among the top winners of the Literature Illusion Film Frames Television and Theater (LIFFT) India Awards, winning fourteen awards. The LIFFT India Awards, which have been held online for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the winners on December …

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Prominent Arab critic and former Egyptian Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour dies

Asfour was professor of Arabic literature at the University of Cairo. Image Credit: Provided Dubai: Famous professor of Arabic literature and former Egyptian Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour died on Friday after battling illness. He was 77 years old. Dr Asfour was admitted to intensive care a few days ago …

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