TEHRAN – “On the roads of Persia” (“Putevima Perzije”), a novel by Croatian writer Yasmin Dar on Iran, was presented on Friday in Zagreb.
Dar, also known as Yasmina Mehic, Iranian Ambassador Parviz Esmaeili and dozens of Croatian cultural figures are attending a meeting held at the Zagreb Municipal Library to introduce the novel, the Iranian Embassy has announced. .
“On the roads of Persia” was published by the Croatian publishing house Cekape on June 1. Dar wrote the novel based on his visit to Iran in 2018. His visit focused mainly on Iranian cities such as Tabriz, Isfahan, and Shiraz. As a result, the novel is something of a travelogue about Iran.
In his brief speech at the meeting, Dar called Iran a must-see for everyone and a different country with kind and hospitable people.
She said: “I tried to illustrate what I observed during my visit to Iran in the form of a novel based on what I had read in Persian literary works produced between the 12th and 17th centuries. centuries by Hafez, Sadi, Khayyam, Attar and others. great Persian poets.
Dar also shared an excerpt from her memories of the visit to Iran and, together with Darija Zilic, the book’s editor, answered questions from the audience.
For his part, Esmaeili called the cultural ties a solid bridge between the two nations that would never crumble, and added, “Every book written with the aim of introducing a nation is a cultural and informative treasure for current readers and those to come. ”
“Iran is home to one of the major ancient human civilizations, and Ms. Mehic’s efforts to introduce Iranian culture and traditions to Croatian readers through her storytelling and the works of great Persian poets, such as Hafez, Khayyam, Attar and Sadi, are truly wonderful and deeply appreciated,” he added.
In the novel, what seems even more important is that traveling through Persia leads to an inner journey that opens many questions about appearance, identity, thinking about the meaning of life and the world. we live in, editor Darija Zilic, who is also a poet, literary critic, translator and editor of the literary journal Tema, wrote in a preface to the book.
In this dreamlike and realistic prose, the author delves into the depths of her being through the spiritual persona of the Persian poet Hafez, but her narrative is not just mystical, she added.
Pictured: Croatian writer Yasmin Dar (1st R) and editor Darija Zilic (3rd R) address the public during a meeting held at Zagreb Municipality on June 10, 2022, to present her novel ‘On the roads of Persia” (“Putevima Perzije”).