Artist: Sadegh Hedayat|
Confronting Bodies: Iranian clergymen and, later, the Islamic Republic
Date of Action: 1936 and 1979
Specific Location: Iran
Description of Artwork: The Blind Owl tells the story of an artist's obsession over the fear of death. The story would have been deemed acceptable for publication in Iran had certain passages on atheism been deleted.
In 1941, Iran's new shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, removed all censorship restrictions and the book was brought to Iran, where it became a best seller.
After Hedayat's death, the book was banned again. In 1979, with the establishment of the Islamic Republic, the work was considered anti-religious and the publisher was put on trial.
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