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Friday, January 14, 2000 / Dey 24, 1378, No. 886

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Great Omar
Khayyam's debt to Edward Fitzgerald

By Cyrus Kadivar
January 14, 2000
The Iranian

Several years ago whilst strolling on Charlotte Street in London I came across a house with a blue circle which read: Edward Fitzgerald Lived Here. For me, an Iranian living away from my beloved roses and nightingales, this was a rather special discovery.

Few people know that Fitzgerald's "translation" into English of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat is probably the best-selling book in the entire history of English poetry. It exists in many editions probably more than two hundred, according to one collector. Enjoying massive popularity throughout the 20th century, many people have carried it around, taken it to war, kept it in the car, ordered it for reading on a putative desert island >>> GO TO FEATURE


    Shadmehr Aghili

    The Iranian
    January 14, 2000

    If he sings like a Pop star, looks like a Pop star and has millions of teenage fans like a Pop star, he IS a Pop star. Even in the Islamic Republic. How is that possible? God knows.

    Shadmehr Aghili is perhaps more than a Pop star -- he's a super star in a country where Pop was banned for nearly two decades. His music is not that original -- it's kind of a light mixture of Daryoush, Moin and maybe even a little bit of Googoosh. If his style could be described in a word, it would probably be "sweet" >>> GO TO FEATURE


In 'Tehrangeles' America's biggest Iranian community serves as a bridge

Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As the Iranian popular singer Siavash took the stage at the foot of the Hollywood Hills, tiny pinpoints illuminated a darkened concert hall crowded with Iranian teen-agers. It wasn't lighters they were holding up -- it was cellphones.

Half a world away, dozens of their relatives gathered in their homes and listened to the call on speaker phones, the percussion-heavy Eastern beats of an emerging Iranian music industry filling the room. Daring for conservative Iran, the free-wheeling sounds tied them to a city they have nicknamed "Tehrangeles." >>> FULL TEXT


Independence, my...

Did you know that Iran got its "independence" on April 1, 1979? That's not an April Fool's joke. That's according to the CIA. And you know they never make any mistakes >>> GO HERE

Thanks to Ansari

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* My neighbor, Googoosh

Simin Habibian writes: I don't remember Googoosh in the film "Qesaas". But I was her neighbor when we were kids. We were almost the same age. Back then she was about 11-12 years old and living with her father, stepmother and stepbrother. They had rented an apartment across from our house on Bahar Street, Kouche Saarem, in Tehran.

Googoosh also went to the same elementary school as I did (Dabestan-e Vedadi). By the way our principal from that school now lives in Maryland, where I live.

As kids we were curious and we would go on the roof top to watch Googoosh's house and we could see how she had to do a lot of house work and the stepmother was not nice to her at all.

When I recently asked our principal about Googoosh for an article I was writing, she said that because Googoosh was working at nights and was also bothered by her stepmother, she could not attend school long and could not continue.

For the same reason the school was not that eager to have her as a student either -- She used to sing at night clubs at that age.

* Not popular, but important

Manou Marzban writes: The result of the Iranian of the century survey is skewed by emotional tangents. By no means am I a fundementalist or even vaguely religious, but as a historian - I assure you that the Iranian who has most impacted our society, socially, politically and in respect to our future, has been R. Khomeini.

M. Mossadegh is an emotional choice - a man that didn't quite fulfill his legacy. And we all like to dream that had he fulfilled his legacy - we may have avoided the revolution of 1979. Hence, we look at him with much nostalgia.

Like it or not, man of the century doesn't neccessarily have to be the most popular individual - democratically speaking. Khomieni changed Iran like no one before... and that is a fact.

* Just ask in the kucheh

Alireza writes: That's great! You have simply showed how BIG is the population of the late Mosasdegh's fans (363 x 0.42 < 160) ["Iranian of the century"].

For sure, you have done your best to get as many votes as possible by sending your questioner to SELECTED people.

However, if you really mind whom the Iranians in GENERAL respect and follow -- and still you don't know-- just go to Iran and ask the people of "koocheh va baazaar".

* Poetry: Khoie's poetry reading, n. California

Anjomane Sokhan in northern California is happy to announce that Dr. Khoie is recovering well from a flu and will reading his poetry at Carmichael Library in Sacramento on Friday the 14th of January and in Berkeley (Dwinelle Hall Room 145 at 5:00 PM) on Saturday the 15th of January. For more information please call 650 562-3848


Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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For a change, courts to try a conservative journalist

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Woman medical students protest poor education

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Opec determined to keep oil price high

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Iran's NIOC International put on back burner

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Iran and Turkey agree to delay in gas deliveries

TEHRAN, Jan 12 (AFP) - Iran has agreed to delay its gas deliveries to Turkey until September 2001 because the Turks are not ready, the official news agency IRNA quoted Iran's deputy oil minister Hamdollah Mohammad-Nejad as saying Wednesday. But Mohammad-Nejad, who is also head of the Iranian National Gas Corporation (NIGC), told a press conference that Ankara would have to pay compensation for the hold-up >>> FULL TEXT

Three mermaids

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Comparing the mermaids created by Goli Taraqi in her new book with those by Forough Farrokhzad and Samad Behrangi (PDF file) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Ebrahim Mokhtari's documentary -- about the hardships of a woman who was forced to get married at a young age -- has won an award in a film festival in France >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New cinemas

Tehran (Hamshahri) - The government will hand out loans totaling six billtion tomans next year to encouarge the private sector to build cinemas >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran beat Ecuador under-23 team

LOS ANGELES, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Ali Daei and Ali Mosavi scored to give Iran's national soccer team a 2-1 victory over Ecuador's under-23 team Wednesday night in a friendly at the Memorial Coliseum >>> FULL TEXT

Gotta move fast

Tehran (Iran daily) - Two thirds of the ticktes for Sunday's match between Iran and the U.S. in Pasadena have been sold, U.S. officials say >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran vs. Asia

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The Iranian national soccer team will face the Asian All-Stars in Tehran on January 21 >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Enjoying massive popularity throughout the 20th century, many people have carried [Fitzgerald's Rubaiat Khayyam] around, taken it to war, kept it in the car, ordered it for reading on a putative desert island.

-- Cyrus Kadivar
"Great Omar"
The Iranian
January 14, 2000

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