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Sam Shepherd's 'A Particle of Dread' available in Iranian bookstores

25 Jul 2022 - 19:24

IBNA- The crime play 'A Particle of Dread' (2017) by the late American playwright, ‎actor, screenwriter and director Sam Shepard has been published in Persian and is ‎available in Iranian bookstores. ‎

The work which features poetic passages that can chill and excite has been translated into Persian by Nafiseh Karimi. Tehran-based Ney Publishing has released 'A Particle of Dread' in 107 pages.  
In ‘A Particle of Dread’, Sam Shepard takes one of the most famous plays in history—Oedipus Rex—and transforms it into a modern American classic. In this telling, Oedipus, King of Thebes, prophesized to kill his father and marry his mother, alternates between his classical identity and that of contemporary “Otto.”
His wife (and true mother), Jocasta, is also called Jocelyn, and his antagonist (and true father) is split into three characters, Laius, Larry, and Langos. Two present-day policemen from the Southwest stand in for the Greek chorus as they investigate the murder case.
Dazzlingly inventive, ringing with the timelessness of myth, ‘A Particle of Dread’ is an unforgettable work that grapples with questions of storytelling and destiny—the narratives that we pass down, and how they shape our lives. It is a play that lingers in the mind long after we finish the last scene.
The play has been described as “a noir thriller with touches of Grand Guignol gore and a sprinkling of surreal humor” as well as “the Greek myth through the unsettling, maverick mind of Shepard’s open-road Southwest”.
Shepard was the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than fifty-five plays, three story collections, and two works of prose fiction. As an actor, he appeared in more than sixty films, and received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for The Right Stuff.
He was a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award for his story collection Great Dream of Heaven. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He died in 2017.

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