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Poetry, Play in New Translations

Poetry, Play in New TranslationsPoetry, Play in New Translations

The first edition of ‘The Poetry of Pablo Neruda,’ translated and narrated by Sirous Shamloo, was published by Negah Publications.

Neruda was born on July 12, 1904 in Parral, Chile, to a middle-class family. He spent his childhood in southern Chile and studied French in the University in Santiago.

He was an active diplomat in Rangoon, Burma from 1926 to 1943 and survived the Spanish Civil Wars in his posts in Buenos Aires and then Barcelona. His experiences inspired numerous works in him. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

“His dialectic thoughts flourish in a manner that lets you view the external history as your own and feel the agony of the world in the lives of others,” Dario Puccini (  1921-1997 ), one of the greatest Italian scholars of Spanish literature and Spanish-American, said of Neruda, Honaronline reported.

  Legendary Outlaw

Coinciding with his death, the epic novel of ‘Chakirjali Efe: the Life Stories of the Famous Bandit Chakirjali’ written by the late Yashar Kemal was translated by Ali Reza Seyfoddini and published by Nimaj Publications for the first time in Iran.

The book tells the story of Chakirjali Mehmet Efe who was an outlaw in modern western Turkey from 1893 to 1910, and is recognized as a legendary leader and protector of the common people who fought against authority, and established justice in regions under his control. The book was printed in Turkey in 1972 for the first time.

Born in 1923, Yashar Kemal was a Turkish writer of Kurdish ethnicity. He was a major contributor to Turkish literature and had long been a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature on the strength of his novel ‘Memed, My Hawk’.  He passed away at age 91 on February 28, 2015.

  Different Roles

The play ‘Tongues’ written by Sam Shepard was translated by Mohammad Ali Kaffashzadeh and published by Afraz Publications.

Co-authored by Joseph Chaikin, the story is narrated by the unnamed and sole character of the play in various languages which could be an allegory for the roles people take on in life or different sides of their character in the course of a day.

Sam Shepard was born on November 5, 1943 and is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He wrote several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play ‘Buried Child’. Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.

‘Curse of the Starving Class’ is another play by Shepard so far published by Afraz Publications in Farsi.