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"Dar Bareye Dai Jan Napoleon" (About My Uncle Napoleon)

May 7, 2009 - 6:30pm
Speaker: 
Iraj Pezechkzad
Event Sponsor: 
Iranian Studies Program
Iraj Pezeshkzad

Iranian writer and author of the famous Persian novel Dā'i Jān Napoleon (Dear Uncle Napoleon, translated as My Uncle Napoleon) published in the early 1970s. Iraj Pezeshkzad was educated in Iran and France where he received his degree in Law. He served as a judge in the Iranian Judiciary for five years prior to joining the Iranian Foreign Service. He served as a diplomat until the Iranian revolution in 1979, and left the Foreign Service to reside in France after revolution. My Uncle Napoleon is a social satire and a masterpiece of contemporary Persian literature. The book was turned into a television series in 1970s and immediately captured the imagination of the whole nation-its story became a cultural reference point and its characters national icons. The story is set in a garden in Tehran in the early 1940s, where three families live under the tyranny of a paranoid patriarch. The book was translated to English by Dick Davis.

Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education Building

Free and open to the public

Contact Email: 
iranianstudies@stanford.edu