(Ejdeha^ Kosha^n) A Collection of Short Stories By Yousef Alikhani
“Killing the Dragon” is the second collection of short stories by Yousef Alikhani and includes 15 short stories with unfamiliar titles of Ghashgha^bol (White-head Goat), Nastarana’, Divlenga va Kokaba (Demon and a Girl named Kokaba), Goorcha^l (The Dead Pit), Ejdeha^ Kosha^n (Killing the Dragon), Malakhha^y-e’ Meelak (Meelak Grasshoppers), Shool va Sheevan (Wail), Siya^h Marg-o-meer (The Black Death), Ousha^na^n (The Genies), Taa^rofee(Present), Kal Ga^v(The Bull) , A^h dood(Alas), Allah Beda^sht Safiyani( Alah Beda^sht the Idiot), Aab-e-Meelak Sangeen Ast (Meelak Water is Heavy) and Zolomat (Darkness).
The stories in this book are a sequel to the stories in the first collection by Alikhani (Ghadam Bekheir was my grandmother) and happen in the same rural atmosphere of Meelak village.
Having established his own imaginary world in his first collection, Alikhani attempts new experiences in this illusionary village.
“Killing the Dragon” won the First Aal-e-Ahmad Literary Award and was a finalist for the 8th Houshang Golshiri Award for Short Fiction.
(Ghadam Bekheir ma^dar bozorg-e’ man bood) A Collection of Short Stories By Yousef Alikhani
“Ghadam Bekheir was my grandmother” , the first collection of short stories by Yousef Alikhani, includes twelve short stories entitled Margee Na^ra (The Call of Death), Kheirollah Kheirollah, Rana^, Ye’ Leng (One-Legged), Mazartee ( Huanted), A^n ke dast teka^n meedad zan nabood (The one who was waving hand was not a woman), Kafta^l Paree (The Old Woman), Meelaki Ma^r (The Meelaki Snake), Samakha^ye’ Siahkooh-e’ Meelak ( The Genies of Siahkooh- Meelak), Ghadam Bekheir ma^dar bozorg-e man boo (Ghadam Bekheir was my grandmother), Kafani (Shroud) and Karna (The Horn).
Creating an illusionary imaginative village called “Meelak”, Alikhani narrates the story of lonely men and women who are entangled in their net of beliefs and traditions.
According to critics, in addition to their literary and anthropological values, these stories open a mythological world to the reader. Women and death are the main motif in most of the strange and fantastically unusual stories of this collection.
“Ghadam Bekhier was my grandmother” was shortlisted for Book of the Year Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran and won the Special Prize of the 16th International Festival of Village.