Leading Iranian Author Dies

Published June 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A prominent Iranian novelist and writer, Hushang Golshiri, has died in hospital in Tehran at the age of 63, reported BBC.online Monday.  

Golshiri, who is widely regarded as Iran's greatest contemporary novelist, had been suffering a series of illnesses.  

He wrote his first collection of short stories in the late 1960s, said BBC.  

His most famous novel, "Prince Ehtejab", was published in 1969 and critics have hailed it as one of the best contemporary literary works in Iran.  

Golshiri was one of the first Iranian writers to apply modern literary techniques in his book to depict the demise of the Iranian aristocracy. Later the novel was turned into a successful film, the BBC added.  

In his other novels and short stories, Golshiri also focused on social and political issues.  

His short stories have been translated into English and other European languages.  

In his last visit to Britain in October, he told the BBC Persian Service that he had been trying to understand the complexities of human beings in his works.  

Golshiri was also a prominent campaigner for the freedom of expression in Iran.  

He was active in organizing Iranian writers to fight censorship imposed by both the former regime of the Shah and the Islamic government, according to the BBC.  

He was interrogated a number of times by the Islamic authorities for his efforts to found an organization for the Iranian writers - Albawaba.com 

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