Sommi introduces Joseph Heller to Iranians
Soheil Sommi has translated "Something Happened", Joseph Heller's second novel, into Persian. Heller was an American satirical novelist that wrote on the life of middle class American society.
IBNA: "Something Happened" is Joseph Heller's second novel (published in 1974, thirteen years after Catch-22). Its main character and narrator is Bob Slocum, a businessman who engages in a stream of consciousness narrative about his job, his family, his childhood, and his own psyche.
While there is an ongoing plot about Slocum preparing for a promotion at work, most of the book focuses on detailing various events from his life, ranging from early childhood to his predictions for the future, often in non-chronological order and with little if anything to connect one anecdote to the next. Near the end of the book, Slocum starts worrying about the state of his own sanity as he finds himself hallucinating or remembering events incorrectly, suggesting that some or all of the novel might be the product of his imagination, making him an unreliable narrator.
Heller was born in 1923 and passed away in 1999. His best known work is Catch-22, a novel about US servicemen during World War II. The title of this work entered the English lexicon to refer to absurd, no-win choices, particularly in situations in which the desired outcome of the choice is an impossibility, and regardless of choice, the same negative outcome is a certainty. Heller is widely regarded as one of the best post–World War II satirists.
Soheil Sommi, Iranian translator is famed for having converted works by well-known writers like Doris Lessing, John Updike, Margaret Attwood, Scot Fitzgerald, Saul Bellow, and Samuel Beckett.
Sommi's Persian rendition of "Something Happened" will be released by Qoqnoos Publications.
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