Ebrahim Golestan

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Ebrahim Golestan with his daughter, Lili

Ebrahim Golestan (Taghavi Shirazi) (also spelt Ibrahim Golestan, Persian: ابراهیم گلستان ‎), (born October 19, 1922 in Shiraz, Iran) is an Iranian filmmaker,"author","translator","photographer","journalist" and literary figure with a career spanning half a century. he graduate from tehran university majoring in law. he sites earnest hemingway as an influential figure in is his writing style. his best known book is "river,wall,thisrt" which is made up of 10 stories and was published in 1967. he gave many speeches and interviews when resided in iran. he left iran in 1975 and has lived in Sussex, United Kingdomever since. he is the father of "lily golestan" a famous painter and translator.

He was closely associated with the controversial and eminent Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad until her death, whom he met at his studio in 1958. He is said to have had a major effect in her poetry.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Golestan was married to his cousin, Fakhri Golestan. He is the father of Iranian photojournalist Kaveh Golestan, and Lili Golestan,[2] translator and owner and artistic director of the Golestan Gallery in Tehran, Iran. His grandson, Mani Haghighi, is also a film director. His other grandson Mehrak, is a rapper.

After Farrokhzâd's death, Golestân was protective of her privacy and memory. For example, in response to the publication of a biographical/critical study by Michael Craig Hillmann called A Lonely Woman: Forugh Farrokhzad and Her Poetry (1987), he published a lengthy attack against Hillmann in a Tehran literary magazine, which article is available online at www.jarchi.com under the title "Az Yek Maqâleh va Chand Ostâd." Hillmann responded to the attack at length in an article part of which was also published in the same Tehran literary magazine and which is available online at Academia.edu/Michael Hillmann under the title "Az Shâ'eri-ye Nâder Nâderpur to Fârsi'khâni dar Qalb-e Tekzâs, Javâbiyeh'i be Ebrâhim Golestân."



  • Âzar, mâh-e âkher-e pâ’iz (Azar, the last month of autumn), 1948
  • Shekâr-e sâyeh (Shadow-hunting), 1955
  • Juy-o divâr-o teshneh (The stream, the wall and the thirsty one), 1967
  • Madd-o meh (Tide and mist), 1969
  • Rooster, 1995



  • Yek atash (A fire) (1961)
  • Moj, marjan, khara (1962)
  • The Hills of Marlik (1963)
  • The crown jewels of Iran (1965)



See also[edit]


  • Hamid Dabashi, Masters & Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema, 451 p. (Mage Publishers, Washington, DC, 2007); Chapter III, pp. 71–106: Ebrahim Golestan; Mud Brick and Mirror. ISBN 0-934211-85-X

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