Mahmoud Dowlatabadi

Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (Persian: محمود دولت‌آبادی‎) (born 1940 in Dowlatabad, Sabzevar) is an Iranian writer and actor. He is known as a realist writer of stories of rural life, in which he largely draws on his own experiences. Mahmoud Dowlatabadi was born in Dowlatabad, a village in the Sabzevar, the north-western part of the Khorasan Province, Iran, and spent his youth helping his father with farming and tending the flocks and reading tales of Persian folklore. But as a teenager, he became bored with rural life, left the keys to his shop with a village boy, and moved to Mashhad, where he stayed for just a year until his love of theatre brought him to Tehran. Soon after arriving in Tehran, he enrolled in acting classes and started to write whenever he found the time. He later joined the Anahita Drama Group. In 1975, he was arrested and spent over a year in prison. Since he began writing in the 1960s, Dowlatabadi has published over ten novels as well as a number of novellas, short story collections, and plays. His first story, "The End of the Night," was published in 1962 in the Anahita Literary Magazine.


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