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Iran to commemorate National Ferdowsi Day
Iran will pay tribute to the great Persian poet Ferdowsi, whose magnum opus ‘Shahnameh’ (Book of Kings) is widely well-known, on National Ferdowsi Day which falls on May 15.
May 15 is considered a significant cultural event for Iranians to commemorate Ferdowsi and celebrate Persian Language Day as well.
The Sa’di Foundation is scheduled to organize the third conference of Persian Language Day and National Ferdowsi Day in Tehran in collaboration with Academy of Persian Language and Literature and National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI).
The director of NLAI, Ashraf Broujerdi and Head of Iran’s Academy of Persian Language and Literature Gholamali Haddad-Adel and professor of Tabriz University Changiz Molaee will give lecture in this conference.
The conference will be held with the presence of a number of foreign ambassadors from Persian-speaking countries at NLAI hall on Wednesday.
Ferdowsi (940-1020), the author of the epic ‘Shahnameh’ (Book of Kings) which is the world’s longest epic poem created by a single poet, is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature. The poet continues to revive national and epic stories and history of Iran and breathe new life into Persian language and literature, and therefore he enjoys a lofty status and is venerated as Iran’s national poet.
Ferdowsi spent over three decades writing ‘Shahnameh’. It is twice as long as Homer’s ‘Iliad and Odyssey’ combined. The book about the Persian kings, written entirely in Persian, played a key role in the revival of this language and made a significant contribution to the development of Persian literature.
Cannes Film Market to screen ‘Cinema Donkey’
Iranian black comedy ‘Cinema Donkey’, directed by Shahed Ahmadlou, will experience its first international appearance at the 2019 Marché du Film of Cannes Film Festival (Cannes Film market) in France.
Written and directed by Ahmadlou, and produced by Ali Yavar, ‘Cinema Donkey’ is about a filming group, which is making a humanitarian film that has a message for humanity. They need a professional donkey to play in a few scenes. Failing to find one, they settle for a donkey wandering in the woods, honaronline.ir reported.
Starring Mohammadreza Davoudnejad, Hassan Rezaei and Pourya Shakibaei, the movie satirizes professional misconducts in Iranian cinema.
Marché du Film represents the largest international gathering of film professionals.
Established in 1959, it is held annually in conjunction with the Festival de Cannes.
Envoy: Iran to assist Pakistan in launching Qur’an exhibition
Hailing Iran’s experience in running international exhibitions, Pakistani Ambassador to Tehran Riffat Masood said on Tuesday that Iran can help her country with launching Qur’an exhibitions.
“Regarding Iran-Pakistan warm relations there can be a good mutual cooperation on sharing experiences of Qur’an exhibitions,” the Pak ambassador said.
She also thanked Iranian culture ministry for selecting Pakistan as the especial guest of the 27th edition of International Qur’an Exhibition, Mehr News Agency wrote.
The 27th edition of International Quran Exhibition kicked off at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Grand Prayers Ground (Mosalla) on Saturday with a special ceremony attended by Iran’s Culture Minister Abbas Salehi and a number of foreign guests. Countries such as Pakistan, Turkey, Yemen, India, Iraq, Indonesia, Tunisia, Palestine, Afghanistan and Russia have been invited to participate in the event.
Sally Rooney claims top prize at British Book Awards for ‘Normal People’
Sally Rooney claimed top prize at the British Book Awards for her novel ‘Normal People’.
The Irish author has been praised for her “profoundly moving” work, which has been named Book of the Year.
‘Normal People’ follows the youthful romance of Irish students, and has fended off fierce competition from the likes of former first lady Michelle Obama, and Booker Prize-winner Anna Burns, independent.ie reported.
Obama’s book ‘Becoming’ instead claimed honors for best memoir, non-fiction and audiobook.
Rooney has been hailed for her approachable style and delicate handling of romance in the modern world, which was also displayed in her debut work ‘Conversations with Friends’.
Judges have proclaimed her to be destined to literary importance, and a “generational talent”.
Rooney said of her win: “It’s an enormous privilege and an honor for me to receive the overall Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards.
“I want to say thank you, specifically, because I feel I had an extraordinary lucky experience with this book.
“I’ve received such enormous support and generosity from my own publisher, Faber & Faber, of course, and also from the bookselling community generally, from libraries and librarians, and the community of people who love books.”
Alice O’Keeffe, books editor of award organizer The Bookseller, said: “Beautifully observed and profoundly moving, Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ was unanimously praised by our Book of the Year judges.
“It really is an exceptional novel from one of the most exciting young writers we have.”
Editor of the Times Literary Supplement Stig Abell added further praise, saying: “Sally Rooney may well be on her way to becoming the major literary figure of our time, a generational talent.”
Rooney has been proclaimed “the voice of a generation” by judges, with a book that is “fantastically important”.
Obama won best memoir, non-fiction and audiobook for her reflections in ‘Becoming’, losing out on Book of the Year to the young Irish author.
Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams won in the children’s fiction category for his work ‘The Ice Monster’. Matthew Syed won in the children’s illustrated and non-fiction category for ‘You Are Awesome’.
Prix Goncourt-winning Franco-Moroccan writer Leila Slimani’s Lullaby was named best debut fiction Book of the Year, which “captures the zeitgeist”, according to prize judges.
Louise Candlish claimed the crime fiction honor for ‘Our House’, besting veterans Ian Rankin and Jo Nesbo.
Vegan cookbook Bosh!, by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, was named the best non-fiction lifestyle book.
Crime writer Lee Child was crowned Author of the Year at the Awards Ceremony.
The beloved British writer and illustrator Judith Kerr was named Illustrator of the Year.
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: “We are delighted with all of the winners in the book and author categories this year, which show off the breadth and dynamism of UK publishing.”
Ernest Hemingway, his connection with Greek culture
By Philip Chrysopoulos
Ernest Hemingway‘s restless spirit of adventure took him many places, where he so often received the inspiration to write his timeless books. He went to Spain during their civil war, he lived in Paris and spent time in Cuba.
However, early on in his adult life, he spent two years in Constantinople and was introduced to Greek culture during a tragic time for Hellenism.
Little is known about the writer’s beginnings as a journalist and his writings on the war between Greece and Turkey, which took place from 1920 to 1922. Hemingway was only 23 years of age when, on September 30, 1922, he arrived in Constantinople as a war correspondent to cover the Greco-Turkish War for the ‘Toronto Star’.
The story titled ‘Hemingway in Constantinople: Ernest Hemingway’s writings on the Greco-Turkish War in 1922’ in The Midwest Quarterly academic journal, written by Peter Lecouras is very enlightening about the writer’s first contact with Greek culture. The academic article was published on September 22, 2001.
The American legend wrote a total of 20 pieces during his time in Constantinople, beginning with the story ‘British Can Save Constantinople’, dated September 30, 1922, to his last article, ‘Refugees from Thrace’, which bore the dateline of November 14, 1922.
During those two years, Hemingway wrote about the war and its politics while at the same time honing the style that would make him a writer of renown. His experiences there inevitably made their way to his later works as well. The Greco-Turkish war, for instance, is referenced memorably in ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’, which he wrote in 1936.
According to Lecouras, Hemingway showed his sympathy for the half-million Thracians who were displaced in the Greco-Turkish War for the political and economic interests of the superpowers of the time — namely Britain, France and Italy.
Hemingway also blames the political decisions of the Greek leadership for the catastrophic results of the war in his articles. Following the line of the British foreign office and the American consulate in Ankara, he condemns the Greek cause and the decision of King Constantine to replace competent officers in the Greek army with his cronies.
In ‘Refugees from Thrace’, Hemingway observes that the Greek people leaving Eastern Thrace are fleeing the Turks.
He describes with great sympathy the Greek peasants who march without knowing where they are going, knowing only that they must flee to save their lives.
The short story ‘On the Quai at Smyrna’, also inspired by the time the writer spent in Constantinople, is a harrowing work about the dreadful events of 1922. Hemingway describes with painful realism how Smyrna was burned by marauding Turkish soldiers and civilians.
A story about Hemingway appeared in the November 1979 Princeton Alumni Weekly journal called ‘Friends for Life: An Alum’s Recollections of Hemingway’ written by William Horne, Jr.
As all Hemingway aficionados know, Ernest Hemingway volunteered to serve his country as a driver in World War I. William Horne likewise felt that he needed to do something for the cause, and the two young men boarded the same ship in New York that would take them to Bordeaux, France.Hemingway and Horne met at the Austrian-Italian border, transporting wounded soldiers and running supply lines. This was the beginning of a very long friendship between the men. After the war, Horne moved to Chicago, where he worked selling axles in the automotive industry. He then told Hemingway that he would support him financially as a writer because he believed in his talent.
The article was first published in usa.greekreporter.com.