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Guest 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2020.


Teheran. Revolutionsstraße


München, 2009 [Ü: Susanne Baghestani]

Amerikaner töten in Teheran

C. H. Beck

München, 2011 [Ü: Susanne Baghestani]

Teheran, Stadt ohne Himmel

Eine Chronologie von Albtraum und Tod

C.H. Beck

München, 2012 [Ü: Kurt Scharf]

Iranische Dämmerung


München, 2015 [Ü: Jutta Himmelreich u. Farsin Banki]

Der Kalligraph von Isfahan

C.H. Beck

München, 2015 [Ü: Kurt Scharf]

Teheran Kiosk


München, 2016 [Ü: Susanne Baghestani, Kurt Scharf u. Jutta Himmelreich]

Der standhafte Papagei

Erinnerungen an Teheran 1979

Matthes & Seitz

Berlin, 2018 [Ü: Jutta Himmelreich]

Teheran, Apokalypse

Ein Roman über den Hass in sechs Episoden

C.H. Beck

München, 2018 [Ü: Susanne Baghestani u. Kurt Scharf]

Der Zirkel der Literaturliebhaber

C.H. Beck

München, 2020 [Ü: Jutta Himmelreich]

Amir Hassan Cheheltan [ Iran ]

Amir Hassan Cheheltan was born in Tehran in 1956. While studying electrical engineering, he made a name for himself with his second book. After the Islamic Revolution, he travelled to Britain to complete his studies. During the war between Iran and Iraq, for which he was conscripted after his return, he wrote his first novel, »The Mourning of Qassem«. The book was only published in 2003, twenty years after it was completed. After being awarded a grant by the International Parliament of Writers he managed to flee Iran in 1999 to avoid the wave of violence against intellectuals. He lived in Italy for two years.

To date, Cheheltan has published numerous novels which some of them are banned in Iran and many of them are translated into English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Arabic and Hebrew.His work constantly comes into conflict with censors and has been subject to numerous restrictions and re-publications. In his works, everyday life in Iran is central themes set against the background of the country’s unsettled history and the interactions between religion, the state, and modernization. The novel »Tehran, City Without a Sky« (2001) tells the story of the rise of a man from brutal crony of a brothel-owner to a businessman who supports the Islamic Revolution and makes money on the black market. The protagonist in »Iranian Dawn« (2005) is an Iranian Communist who emigrates to the Soviet Union. Against the author’s wishes, this novel was nominated for the Iranian National Book Award which he refused because of the hard censorship in the country. Cheheltan’s novel »Tehran, Revolution Street« (2009) was his first major work to be published in German. The protagonist is a surgeon, specializing in hymen repair. The rift between tradition and modernity that divides Iran also affects his clinic, where operations are carried out to eliminate traces of sexual intercourse in order to satisfy the traditional sense of honor still present in society. Cheheltanʼs historical novel »The Calligrapher of Isafahan« was published in 2015. The story takes place in 1722 and tells of the downfall of the Safavids and the siege of Isfahan by the Afghans. In his latest novel, »The Circle of Literature Lovers« (2020), Cheheltan reminisces on the literary evenings he spent in his parentsʼ house delving into classical Persian literature. Cheheltan describes the role of literature in the 1970s till 1990s when life was under the spell of a repressive state and social constraints.

In the past decades he has been awarded many writers residency in Germany and United States, including DAAD Künstlerprogramm, Heinrich Böll foundation, Villa Aurora and Ledig house. He was a board member of Iran Writers Association between 2001 and 2004. He also supervises the creative writing workshop in Tehran. The author regularly writes for International newspapers. He currently lives with his wife in Tehran.


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