IBNA- Modern tragedy novel, ‘Requiem for a Dream’ (1978) by American novelist, poet and screenwriter Hubert Selby Jr. on the consequences of addiction has been published in Persian and is available in Iranian bookstores.
Concerning four New Yorkers whose lives spiral out of control as they succumb to their addictions, ‘Requiem for a Dream’ which is perhaps the truest and most horrific tale of heroin addiction ever written has been translated into Persian by Arash Pourdana and Amir-Reza Ahmadi. Ofogh Beepayan Publishing has released the novel in 1000 copies.
In Coney Island, Brooklyn, Sarah Goldfarb, a lonely widow, wants nothing more than to lose weight and appear on a television game show. She becomes addicted to diet pills in her obsessive quest, while her junkie son, Harry, along with his girlfriend, Marion, and his best friend, Tyrone, have devised an illicit shortcut to wealth and leisure by scoring a pound of uncut heroin.
Entranced by the gleaming visions of their futures, these four convince themselves that unexpected setbacks are only temporary. Even as their lives slowly deteriorate around them, they cling to their delusions and become utterly consumed in the spiral of drugs and addiction, refusing to see that they have instead created their own worst nightmares.
The New York Times Book Review writes on ‘Requiem for a Dream’: "Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists. His work has the power, the intimacy with suffering and morality, the honesty and moral urgency of Doestoevsky's. To understand Selby's work is to understand the anguish of America."