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Bozorg Alavi


Bozorg Alavi was born in Tehran in 1904. At the age of nineteen he travelled to Germany with his brother to study and translated various European works into Farsi. When he returned to Iran, he became a teacher in Shiraz and joined the Iranian Communist Party, for which he was later imprisoned, spending four years in prison (commuted from seven years). After his release, he started writing and produced his best-known work – چشمهايش (Her Eyes). After the CIA-led coup d’Etat in Iran in 1953, he returned to Germany, where he stayed for 25 years. He returned to Iran after the Iranian Revolution but returned to Germany where he died in 1997.

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Bozorg Alavi
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1952 چشمهايش (Her Eyes)