The renowned exiled Iranian writer Reza Baraheni will read from his poetry at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Geneva Room. There will also be a question-and-answer session with the poet from 5-6 p.m. in Coxe 8, and a dessert reception after the reading.
Baraheni is the author of more than 50 books of poetry, fiction, literary theory, and social criticism, translated into numerous languages, and he has translated into Farsi works by Shakespeare, Kundera, Mandelstam, Andric, and Fanon. He was imprisoned and tortured under the shah, went into exile, but returned to Iran after the Islamic Revolution. However, he was once again imprisoned and subsequently prevented from teaching or leaving the country. Several years ago, he was finally allowed to emigrate and received political asylum in Canada.