Ghazaleh Alizadeh(1947-1996)

Ghazaleh Alizadeh was born in Mashhad, the central city of Northeastern province of khorasan , Khorasan province with a long history of literature has been noted for a number of prominent poets and  a literary school featured for its high range of archaic vocabulary, diction and poetic aspects which has left a great influence on Alizadeh’s style of writing.

Alizadeh studied law, politics, illumination philosophy and mysticism both at Tehran University and Paris. She became a prolific writer in the 70s, 80s and 90s, quite an influential figure in Iranian association of writers.

The House of the Edrisis, her main work is best known for its rich and poetical language, surrealistic aspects, powerful characterisation, narrative techniques, wealth of descriptions and discourse analysis through different classes of society.Moreover,  quite a number of current slangs and colloquial expressions have been adopted parallel to some layers of intertextuality with the poetry of Rumi and Hafiz.

Although the novel doesn’t infer a certain time or place, still it has seemingly taken place in Ashkabad, a city built on the ruins of Nisa, the capital city of Ashkanid dynasty.

The novel depicts a group of learned people living with an old culture and literary treasury invaded by commoners and military people.

The house is the metaphor of the land taken by others, it could definitely refer to 1979 revolution of Iran and larger properties confiscated by the government.

Through the narrative techniques applied by the writer we get to know about the life of the generation past. People lived in the house many years before and how they are attached in a mysterious network of relationships. Also some mystical and mythological aspects of codes and symbols can be traced in the novel.

THE HOUSE OF THE EDRISIS and Alizadeh’s portrait have been partly pictured in Daruish Mehrjoei’s film “Banoo”.

Alizadeh committed suicide in 1996, her body was found hanging on a tree in a green spot in Northern Iran which has been researched and cited as the temple of Anahita in ancient Persia.

Her death was widely reflected in  the 90s poetry; among the elegies written on her death is Reza Baraheni’s elegy in which he describes her as the bride of Iran’s literature.

(Preface to the book by Rosa Jamali) 



The House of Edrisis is a prominent post-revolutionary novel in Iran by Ghazaleh Alizadeh , a noted novelist, translated from original Persian to English by Rosa Jamali.



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