*Aroos-e’-Beed (Willow’s Bride)* Collection of Short Stories Yousef Alikhani
Aroos-e’-Beed is a collection of ten short stories including Pana^h bar Khoda^ (Alas!), Agha^ye’ Gha^r(Lord of the Cave), Hara^ssa^na (Frightened) , Panja’ (Paw), Rotayl (Tarantula), Ja^n Ghorba^n ( Yours Sincerely) , Aroos-e’-Beed (Willow’s Bride) , Mordageer (Dead Catcher), Beel Sare’ Agha^ ( The Shovel at the Mausoleum) and Pir Bibi.
The same as the two former short story collections by Yousef Alikhani (“Ghadam Bekheir was my grandma” and “ Killing Dragon”), the stories in this book happen in a village called Meelak where emigration to the cities has left it uninhabited and the few remaining elderly are deeply engaged in their own beliefs and rituals. For this same reason, Alikhani’s stories are narrated in an illusionary atmosphere.
In these three collections of stories which are considered his trilogy, Yousef Alikhani employs his storytelling instinct, creates poetic atmospheres and penetrates deep into the mentality of the people of this village and their beliefs and ideas and delivers very enjoyable and thought-provoking stories.
The two former collections were warmly received by the public readership as well as literary critics and earned prizes and awards for the writer. Due to Alikhani’s attention to and employment of folklore elements of his birth place in his stories, critics have nicknamed him “the salmon of Iranian literature”.
Yousef Alikhani was born in 1975 in one of the villages of Alamoot in Ghazvin Province. In addition to his three short story collections, he has also authored a number of fictional biographies of historical and literary characters such as Hassan Sabbah, Nasser Khosro, Ibn Batuta and Saeb Tabrizi.
He has also published three research books entitled “ Aziz & Nega^r- A Love Story Retold”, “ The Third Generation- Interviews with Iranian Writers” and “Folklore and the Stories of Alamoot People”.
In near future, two new books by Yousef Alikhani, namely “Beevakoshi ya Jangna^maye’ Haft Shohara^ne’ Kha^beeda Kha^nom with Ajdarma^r-e- Meelaki” (Widow Killing or the War Account of Seven Husbands of Khabeeda Khanom with the Meelaki Dragon” , a novel, and the life story of “Vahraz Deilami”, conqueror of Yemen during the Sassanid will be published.