The Gods Laugh on Mondays

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The Gods Laugh on Mondays (in Persian: و خدايان دوشنبه‌ها مي‌خندند) was first novel by an Iranian author with pen name Reza Khoshnazar which was published in August 1995. It was a lurid chronicle of Iran in which the male protagonist is raped by his schoolmate, and can not be sure whether he liked it or not. He then marries a young woman who has an affair with his best friend. Eventually, the angst-ridden hero goes on a murder-suicide binge.[1] This novel has been dedicated to Gregor Samsa, protagonist of novel The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Reaction was hot, and some conservative papers called Gods a blasphemy. On the night of August 22, 1995, men arrived at the book publisher's shop identifying themselves as Islamic building inspectors. They set the building on fire. A head of Islamic propaganda (Ahmad Jannati) declared at Friday prayer that zealots are above the law.[2][3][4] Reza Khoshnazar has published three other novels in Sweden.


  1. ^ Newsweek, October,1995, page 37.
  2. ^ "UN Commission on Human Rights - Report on the mission of the Special Rapporteur to Iran (Mar 96)". Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  3. ^ Newsweek, October,1995, page 37.
  4. ^ "Publisher of Iranian Book Bombed". Reuters. August 24, 1995 – via BRIEF ON IRAN, No. 239 Representative Office of The National Council of Resistance of Iran Friday, August 25, 1995.