These words are often used by American media to describe Iran.
The image the media presents is often hazy, incomplete, and distorted.
The political and military aspects of my country are covered mainly in a
In Under Eastern Eyes (I have adopted the name from the novel Under
Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad), I will write about those topics which American
media either cannot or does not want to talk about. The emphasis will be on social
and cultural aspects of Iran although, out of necessity, I will talk about politics,
despite my despair.
Yaghoub Yadali, born in 1970, is a writer and
television director. His first work of fiction, the short-story collection Sketches in
the Garden, was published in 1997. It was followed in 2001 by Probability of Merriment
and Mooning, which was named book of the year by the Writers and Critics Award. His first
novel, The Rituals of Restlessness, won the 2004 Golshiri Foundation Award for the best
novel of the year and was named as one of the ten best novels of the decade by the Press
Critics Award. He has also published many articles and reviews of literature and cinema
in newspapers and magazines in Iran.