Three Drops of Blood and Other Stories
Translated by Deborah Miller Mostaghel
This collection of short stories, previously unpublished in English, displays the disturbing and evocative force of Hedayat’s writing, and confirms his place in the literary canon. They depict a world of revelation, uncanny similarity, grotesquery and insanity.
The title story, ‘Three Drops of Blood’, follows the protagonist’s increasingly unstable mental state through the repeated occurrence of three drops of blood, while ‘Hadjji Morad’ depicts an almost Joycean epiphany in classically understated terms, as a man mistakes another woman for his wife. These are stories which, though set in a distinctive milieu, deal with universal truths and cut to the very essence of humanity.
Contains: ‘Hajji Morad’, ‘Three Drops of Blood’, ‘The Legalizer’, ‘Whirlpool’, ‘Fire-Worshipper’, ‘Abji Khanom’, ‘The Stray Dog’, ‘The Broken Mirror’, ‘Davoud The Hunchback’, ‘Madeline’, ‘Dash Akol’, ‘The Man Who Killed His Passions’, ‘Buried Alive’.
The father of modern Persian short stories.
Sadeq Hedayat was born in Tehran in 1903, of an aristocratic family, and spent most of his life there. In 1951, during a stay in Paris, Hedayat committed suicide. Recognized as the outstanding Persian writer of the 20th century, Hedayat is generally credited with having brought his country’s language and literature into the mainstream of contemporary writing.