Ali Ashraf Darvishian

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Ali Ashraf Darvishian
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Born (1941-08-03)3 August 1941
Kermanshah, Iran
Pen name Latif Talkhestani
Occupation Writer
Nationality Iranian Kurd
Genre Novel, short story, biography, etc
Literary movement Modernism, Realism, Socialism
Notable works
  • Sal-ha-ye Abri (Cloudy Years)
  • Abshouran
  • Az In Welayat (From This Country)
  • Hamrah-e Ahang-ha-ye Babam (With My Father's Songs)
  • Afsane-ha va Matal-ha-ye Kurdi (Kurdish Legends and Fictions)
Notable awards
  • Gelawej Cultural Festival
Spouse Shahnaz Darabi

Ali-Ashraf Darvishian (Persian: علی‌اشرف درویشیان‎‎) (born August 25, 1941 in Kermanshah) is an Iranian story writer and scholar. After finishing teacher-training college, he taught at the poverty-stricken villages of Gilan-e-Gharb and Shah Abad (nowadays called Islam Abad). This atmosphere is featured in most of his stories. Later, he moved to Tehran and continued his studies in Persian literature. As of 2006, Ali Ashraf Darvishian was in Australia as a guest of the Iranian Centre for Democracy and presented a number of lectures on a broad range of social and cultural issues.

Ali-Ashraf Darvishian

Marjane Satrapi, an Iranian-French author, mentions Darvishian in her graphic novel Persepolis. She considers him her favorite childhood author, recalls going to his clandestine book-signing, and describes him as "a kind of local Charles Dickens".[1]


  • Abshooran (Story collection)
  • Salhay-e-Abri (Cloudy Years), novel
  • Farhang-e-Afsanehay-e Irani (Iranian Legends and Fairy Tales Encyclopedia)



  1. ^ Satrapi, Marjane. The Complete Persepolis. Pantheon Books. October 30, 2007. 33. ISBN 0-375-71483-9, ISBN 978-0-375-71483-2

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