Persian Voices: Bozorg Alavi

Old trees were fighting with one another. From woods the cry of a tortured woman could be heard. The blowing gale had unbounded the silent songs. Chains of rain had fastened the murky sky to the muddy ground. Rivers were revolting and the flowing of water was pouring everywhere.

—Bozorg Alavi, Gilemard


Edited by Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Vidya Sarveswaran. “Zahra Pasrpour (Bozorg Alavi Gilmard).” Ecocritism of the Global South. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015. Page 242. Print.


Editor’s Note: Bozorg Alavi was one of the 53 marxists convicted and sent to prison in the show trial of 1938. He originated the new literary genre called, Prison Literature in Iran. Prior to that he published a journal called, Peykar and co-published another journal called, Donya. The surviving prisoners were freed after the Allied Invasion in 1941, and eventually Alavi wrote propaganda for the Tudeh Party. Later, he exiled to Germany.