Hadi Khorsandi in Amsterdam, 2010
22 July 1943 |
|Occupation||Writer, poet, satirist|
Hadi Khorsandi (Persian: هادی خرسندی) is a contemporary Iranian poet and satirist. Since 1979, he has been the editor and writer of the Persian-language satirical journal Asghar Agha.
He is particularly renowned for his examination of Persian socio-political issues, particularly his open criticism of all forms of dictatorship and religious fundamentalism. He has lived in exile in London since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, following criticism of the new regime. He was the subject of death threats during the 1980s.
Khorsandi was the recipient of the Hellman-Hammett Award in 1995. In 2009 he signed an open letter of apology posted to Iranian.com, along with 266 other Iranian academics, writers, artists and journalists, about the persecution of Bahá'ís.
He is the father of the British comedian Shappi Khorsandi.
- "We are ashamed!", Iranian.com, 4 February 2009
- Strange Times, My Dear: The PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature
- Gozaar, Freedom House
- his poem
- on YouTube
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