Top Ten 20th-Century Iranian Authors
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Reza Baraheni (Born 1935)

Co-founder of the Writers Association of Iran along with Jalal Al-Ahmad and Gholamhossein Saedi, Reza Baraheni was also the president of PEN Canada from 2000 to 2002. Politically influential and an advocate for human rights, especially for women and ethnic minorities, Baraheni’s life has been marked by turbulence, having been arrested and exiled from Iran. His work traverses across the fields of poetry, theatre, fiction and critical essays, written in both Persian and English, and many of his works have been translated into French. Internationally respected and winner of many awards, both literary and humanitarian, he has become popular in France with many his plays performed in French theatre festivals and his novels adapted for the stage.

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