|Hushang Ebtehaj’s memoirs republished||
Published by Sokhan, the book appeared in Iranian bookstores on Monday.
Scholars Milad Azimi and Atefeh Tayyeh conducted interviews with Ebtehaj to write the two-volume book, whose first edition hit Iranian bookstores on December 21, 2012.
A total of 4400 copies of the first and second editions were sold out in only a few weeks after publication.
Born in 1928 in Rasht, Ebtehaj is an eminent Iranian poet of the 20th century, whose life and work spans many of Iran’s political, cultural and literary upheavals. He is also known by the pseudonym of H. E. Sayeh.
His first book of poetry, with an introduction by eminent poet Mehdi Hamidi Shirazi, was published when he was 19 years old.
Unlike many other literary figures of the time who became deeply involved in politics and left-leaning activities, Sayeh stayed true to his social and political consciousness but refrained from deeper involvements.
Sayeh reveals an easy mastery of traditional forms —the lyrical ode, in particular — which he uses to celebrate both the sacred and the secular moments of life.
Many of his poems are used by the musicians for memorable pieces sung by celebrated vocalists like Mohammadreza Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri and Hossein Qavami.
“The First Songs”, “Mirage”, “Bleak Travails I”, “Nocturnal”, “Memorial to the Blood of the Cypress”, “Mirror in Mirror”, and “Dispirited” are amongst his credits.
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