In the Twinkling of an Eye : A Collection of Short Stories
In the Twinkling of an Eye is a collection of short stories by renowned, contemporary Iranian author, Seyed Mehdi Shojaee, and translated from the Persian-Farsi into English by Caroline Croskery. This collection of stories juxtaposes the misdeeds of imperfect human beings with the interconnectedness of the natural world and a metaphysical world of supernatural beings. The surreal, serene, feminine image on the cover against the soft, blue-green clouds of an impending storm invite the reader to experience a thrilling contemplation of the human condition fraught with foibles and weaknesses in its evolution towards perfection. What makes this book so special is Seyed Mehdi Shojaee's ability to engage the reader through his range of narrative perspective, richness of literary technique, and depth of plots in his art of storytelling. The strength this collection of short stories by one of contemporary Iran's most beloved authors is its ability to appeal to the heart, the mind and sense of humor and entertain while compelling us to read on as it challenges our thoughts and beliefs. Readers will be inspired to share ideas and discuss implications of the social and universal concepts introduced in this book.
- Paperback | 212 pages
- 139.7 x 215.9 x 13.46mm | 335.66g
- 21 Feb 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white
About Seyed Mehdi Shojaee
Renowned author Seyed Mehdi Shojaee was born in 1960 in Tehran. He is famous for his outstanding books on spiritual themes. After obtaining his high school diploma in mathematics, Shojaee entered the Dramatic Arts Faculty where he was conferred a Bachelor's Degree in Dramatic Literature. Simultaneously, he studied Political Science at Tehran University's Faculty of Law and Political Science, but left his studies unfinished to pursue a career in writing. At the age of 20, his early works were published as serial stories in newspapers. For the next eight years, he worked as Cultural Editor of the Persian daily Jomhouri-e Eslami Newspaper and for another eight years subsequent to that as Editor-in-Chief at the monthly Sahifeh. Seyed Mehdi Shojaee has authored a number of plays and scripts. He has translated and written over 100 books for children and young adults. During 1986-1996, he was a juror for the Fajr International Film Festival, the Esfahan International Festival of Film and Video for Children and Young Adults, the Fajr International Theatre Festival and the National Press Festival. He is an Iranian cinema and theatre critic. He was on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults for some years. He has written a play script on the life of the Martyr Mostafa Chamran for a TV series as well as a play script about Joseph for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. Among other scripts authored by Seyed Mehdi Shojaee are "Badouk," "Father" (directed by Majid Majidi) and "Bat's Eye." Some of his religious works include "Sun in Veil," "Father, Love and Son," "The Berthed Ship," "Two Pigeons," and "Two Windows." He is the founder of Neyestan Book Publishing House which has been a reputable Iranian publisher of the works of contemporary writers and poets since 1987.