Retelling of Khorramshahr liberation won’t devalue epic: author

TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) -- Author Mohammadreza Bayrami believes that retelling the events related to the liberation of Khorramshahr again and again will not devalue the epic.

Iran celebrates the anniversary of the liberation of Khorramshahr every year on May 24.


The duty of a writer is not only narrating history, Bayrami said, adding, “The liberation of Khorramshahr is a fascinating event making it appealing for many writers, but there is a fear that the story or even the film based on this topic might, after numerous repetitions, lose its value for the writer. If a writer pens the events through his own artistic view, it will not face such a fate.”


On his opinion about other written works on Khorramshahr, he told the Persian Service of Fars News Agency, “I respect any book written on Khorramshahr if even it holds only one interesting idea, but personally, I have not read any illuminating works that really attracted me all these years.”


He later discussed the approach of a writer in writing about an event and said, “The style of works the author does and his approach is very important, that is, how the authors looks at the event. But our problem is that we like to tell the history. Relating history is not the writer’s job, what is important is the style of approach.”


He also reviewed the issue of war in the stories and stated, “War is an important topic with great potential for authors. These potentials have been turned into epic stories throughout history, so this could also happen in this case.”


“I believe after all these years it’s time to begin to write because the writer has more information to assess many unknown factors involved in the war that are coming to light just now. The major concern is the consequences of the war and its aftermath.


“When we are far from war, we can better analyze the events and have greater capabilities to help write about them,” he concluded.


The port city of Khorramshahr was captured by Iraq on October 26, 1980. On April 30, 1982, a major operation to liberate Khorramshahr, the Beit-ul-Moqaddas Operation, started. Iranian forces encircled the occupied city of Khorramshahr and after a courageous battle, liberated the city from 578 days of Iraqi occupation on May 24, 1982.


Mohammadreza Bayrami was born in 1965 in northwestern Iran in a village at the foot of Sabalan Mountain. He is the author of more than 30 novels and collections of short stories, for which he has received many literary prizes. His “Mountain Called Me” from “The Tales of Sabalan” has been translated into German and has won several European awards.





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