Publish Date : Thursday 12 July 2012 - 11:14
The latest cultural headlines in the media.
Veteran Iranian director Hamid Samandarian dies at 81 

Presstv: Veteran Iranian stage director and translator Hamid Samandarian has died at the age of 81 in the country’s capital, Tehran.
Born in 1931, the renowned artist passed away on July 12, 2012 after a long battle with illness.
Samandarian learned the basics of theater under the supervision of some of Germany’s greatest masters.
Upon returning to Iran, he started teaching theater and trained many talented stage actors.
The Iranian artist staged numerous dramas during his lifetime, including No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and Marriage of Mr. Mississippi by Friedrich Durrenmatt.
The production of Durrenmatt’s Old Lady’s Visit in Tehran about five years ago, was Samandarin’s last dramatic experience.

Friend rejects claim of Gabriel Garcia Marquez dementia 

Presstv: A friend of famed Colombian Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, says the legendary writer does not suffer from dementia, rejecting earlier reports from the author’s brother.
Jaime Abello, the director of the New Journalism Foundation, established by Garcia Marquez wrote on Twitter that the author had not been clinically diagnosed with senile dementia, but he did not “argue or comment on interpretations of Gabo’s private affairs and health.”

“Please, enough messages of solidarity: Gabo is not insane. He’s just an elderly person who has lost a bit of memory. I still have the pleasure of being his friend,” Abello noted.

This is while, last week, the One Hundred Years of Solitude author’s brother Jaime Garcia Marquez told Mexican newspaper El Universal that the Colombian writer suffers from dementia.

“What he has are some memory issues; in our family, we all end up with senile dementia,” Jaime Garcia Marquez said.

“I am starting to get some of the onset complications and he already is in the throes of it."

The 85-year-old author underwent chemotherapy treatment for lymphatic cancer several years ago and his brother said that the therapy sped up the pace of memory loss.
Born in 1927 in the Colombian Caribbean town of Aracataca, Garcia Marquez is best known for his 1967 internationally recognized novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

The novel is a work of magical realism telling the history of seven generations of the Buendia family in a fictional Colombian village. It has sold 30 million copies worldwide and been translated into 35 languages.

Love in the Time of Cholera and No One Writes to the Colonel are the other famous books written by Garcia Marquez.

The New Journalism Foundation was founded in 1994 in the Colombian resort city of Cartagena.
Jane Austen ring sold for five times its pre-sale estimate 

Presstv: A gold and gem set ring belonging to the English writer of romantic fiction Jane Austen has sold for more than five times its pre-sale estimate at Sotheby’s.
The previously unknown ring fetched £152,450 in Sotheby’s English Literature, History, Children’s Books & Illustrations sale.

The turquoise ring which had remained in Jane Austen’s family for nearly 200 years was purchased by an anonymous private collector over the telephone, Artdaily reported.

“Jane Austen’s simple and modest ring is a wonderfully intimate and evocative possession,” said Sotheby’s manuscripts specialist Dr. Gabriel Heaton.

“The price achieved today and the huge level of interest it has generated is a remarkable testament to the author’s enduring appeal and her place at the heart of our literary and cultural heritage.”

Jane Austen (1775 -1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction are set among the landed gentry. Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816) are among her better known works.

Other highlights of the Sotheby’s auction included a group of 17th-century acts and ordinances from the English Civil War, a rare inscribed copy of Lewis Carroll’s The Nursery “Alice”(MacMillan and Co, 1889) and the ‘Lost Album’ of 150 photographs of JM Barrie and his adopted ‘Lost Boys’, the Five Llewelyn Davies brothers, who inspired the story of Peter Pan.

Qur’an Exhibit Will Present 19,000 Titles 

Iran Daily: Some 19,000 titles of books will go on display during the 20th International Qur’an Exhibition.
According to IRNA, the event will be held by end of July at Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Ground (Mosalla), said the deputy culture and Islamic guidance minister for cultural affairs.

Bahman Dorri also said that a total of 186 publishers will take part in the event which marks the lunar month of Ramadan (beginning July 21 this year). Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk during the fasting month of Ramadan.

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