Iran honors the best books of the year

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TEHRAN — The best publications in different categories of the 39th Iran Book of the Year Awards were honored at a special ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Tuesday.

In each category, two books were selected as winners and the authors received their prizes from President Ebrahim Raisi.

“The Persian Mirror: Reflections of the Safavid Empire in Early Modern France”, published by Oxford University Press, was one of the winners.

Written by Susan Mokhberi, the book is an interdisciplinary study that uses visual, diplomatic and literary sources.

“101 Tales from the Middle East and Their Impact on the Western Oral” by Ulrich Marzolph, “The Orientations of the Ka’ba: Readings in the Ancient House of Islam” by Simon O’Meara, “Baharestan of Jami ” by Shen Yi-Ming and “Poet and Poetry of Modern Iran” by Muhammad Abdus Sabur Khan was also awarded.

“Feast in Exile”, a collection by Alireza Rajabalizadeh, and “Animah” by Aalieh Mehrabi were selected as the best classical poetry in the literature category.

“Azarbaijan and Shahnameh”, a study by Sajjad Aidanlu on the high status of the Persian epic masterpiece of Ferdowsi among the people of the region of Azarbaijan, was chosen as one of the best books in the research section literary.

“Pronunciation in Classical Persian Poetry” written by Vahid Eidgah Torqabei was another honored book in this section.

“Fascinating Grief” by Meisam Amiri and “A Man Named Reza Who Was Then Called Reza Khan” by Hedayatollah Behbudi were selected as best books of the year in the documentation category. These books were honored at the Jalal Al-e Ahmad Literary Awards in February.

“Fascinating Grief” gives a full account of what happened during Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani’s funeral procession across Iran in 2020.

“A Man Named Reza Who Was Then Called Reza Khan” is a biography of Reza Shah. It tells the story of the life of Reza Shah, the first monarch of the Pahlavi dynasty from his birth in 1878 until 1921 when he was chosen as the commander of the Iranian army in the new government after the coup. of State of 1921.

Earlier last December, this book was honored in the Storytelling category at the 2nd edition of the Seyyed Ali Andarzgu Literary Awards, which recognize books about the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Several books received honorable mentions in the art category.

A translation of Norman Bryson’s “Vision and Painting: The Logic of Looking” by Mehdi Habibzadeh received an honorable mention in the art theory category.

“Hidden Line: History and Stylistics of Eastern Kufi Calligraphy” written by Mehdi Sahragard and a Persian translation of “Kashan Carpet in the Bright Shade of History” by Shirin Suresrafil by Sara Sefati were honored in the visual arts section.

“Photography: A Cultural History” by Mary Warner Marien translated into Persian by Hadi Azari Azghandi won an honorable mention in the photography section.

In the drama category, “Philosophy and Theatre: An Introduction” by Tom Stern translated by Ali Mansuri, “A Philosophy of the Screenplay” by Ted Nannicelli translated by Ehsan Shahqasemi and “Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950-1980” by ‘András Bálint Kovács translated by Mohammadreza Sohrabi won honorable mentions.

Books in various science categories were also honored.

Pictured: Susan Mokhberi (R) accepts an award from President Ebrahim Raisi for her book ‘The Persian Mirror’ during the 39th Iran’s Book of the Year Awards at Vahdat Hall in Tehran on March 15, 2022. (ISNA/Majid Khahi )

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