(Persia Digest) – Speaking at a forum called “Ravi-ye sarzamin-e man” [The narrator of my land] in Shiraz, prominent author of famed Persian novels, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, said: “We cannot be a people living in a box. Today’s world is one of interaction.”

The renowned Iranian writer met with people in Shiraz University’s Kharazmi Hall, read for them, and spoke of himself, his books, his country and its people for them.

Speaking about his book entitled “The Colonel” which has been waiting for a print permit for years, he said: “They wanted to ruin “The Colonel” with a fake, censored version, and then ruin me; but I kept “The Colonel” intact. What has been published is totally fake. “The Colonel” has been temporarily ruined. But the original is with me.”

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He compared writing with gambling where there are no winners. He added: “When you win in this gamble you realize that you have just lost because you have spent your life on it. As such, I am ashamed of my children, because you have to give your all to your art.”

He stressed: “I will write for as long as I can breathe. I will write to my grave.”

Persia Digest (PD) reports that Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is an author, playwright, and screenwriter from Iran. His epic novel “Kelidar” is his best-known one. He won the Swiss 2013 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature for “The Colonel”, and the 2014 Legion of Honour was awarded to him by the French Ambassador in Tehran.

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His works have been translated into English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Chinese, Kurdish, Arabic, Dutch, Hebrew, and German. His latest title “Biroun-e dar” [At the Door] was on sale at Tehran’s International Book Fair this year.

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