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Parrot Narrates Hedayat’s Dash Akol

Parrot Narrates Hedayat’s Dash AkolParrot Narrates Hedayat’s Dash Akol

City Theater in Tehran is currently hosting an adaptation of the short story ‘Dash Akol’ by eminent Iranian fiction writer Sadeq Hedayat (1903-51). Dash Akol was translated into English in 1979 by Richard Arnt and Mansur Ekhtiar.  The title character is a respected and honorable man who has lost his family’s wealth by helping his friends. He has an enemy, however, named Kaka Rostam, a mean and spiteful person.  Dash Akol, who is in his forties, falls in love with Marjan, the daughter of the late Haji Samad whose estate is managed by him. But he keeps his love secret to himself. One day, a suitor seeks Marjan’s hand and Dash Akol considers it against his code of honor to refuse. On the night of the wedding, Dash Akol hands over the responsibility for the family to the bridegroom.  As he is leaving the house, however, Kaka Rostam is waiting for him and a fight ensues. Kaka Rostam stabs him in the back, but Dash Akol succeeds in killing him. On his deathbed, Dash Akol sends his parrot to Marjan with the confession of love he has taught it.

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