IBNA- The most celebrated Afghan fiction writer Rahnaward Zaryab died from COVID-19 at a hospital in Kabul early Friday morning. He was 76.
A prolific author, he has over 100 short stories and several novels in his career. Zaryab also wrote articles on literature including those on leading Iranian writers such as Sadegh Hedayat and Bozorg Alavi which were welcomed in Iran.
He received a degree in journalism from Kabul University, and pursued further education in Wales and New Zealand. Zaryab wrote in Farsi/Dari, the variety of the Persian language spoken in Afghanistan.
On his return to Afghanistan in the early 1970s he took a job with the prominent Zhwandoon Magazine as a crime reporter. He has said that he sought the job because it gave him material for his stories.
Zaryab lived in exile in France during the 1990s but returned to Kabul after the fall of the Taliban. His wife and three daughters live in Paris, France.
He continued to work as a print and TV journalist and editor throughout his career. In the spring of 2015, he worked as an editor for Tolo TV in Kabul, Afghanistan’s largest private broadcaster.
Among his works are: ‘Gulnar-o-abina’ (in Persian), 1990s; ‘Stories from Afghanistan’, 2002; ‘Poverty Period of Hallucination’, (short stories, in Dari/Persian), 2004; ‘The Beauty Sleeping under Earth’ and, ‘The Purse Thief’ stories both translated into English and collected in, ‘Short Stories from Afghanistan’, 2002; and ‘Qalandar Nama’, 2014.