Eminent Persons of Abadan: ‘Najaf Daryabandari’


Najaf Daryabandari (23 August 1929 in Abadan) is an Iranian writer and translator of works from English into Persian. He started translation at the age of 17-18 in Abadan with the book of William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily. He is also the author of a two-volume tome on Iranian cuisine that have collected the diverse dishes of the country.

Najaf was husband of ‘Fahimeh Rastkar’ that was an Iranian actress and dubbing artist. (Fahimeh Rastkar was born in Tehran, in 1932, she studied French language. She died on 22 November 2012 of Alzheimer’s disease in Tehran.) also Najaf Daryabandari is the son of Captain Khalaf Daryabandari, one of the first marine pilots of Iran. The Iranian Merchant Mariners’ Syndicate held a commemoration ceremony for Najaf Daryabandari and awarded him a replica of Darius the Great’s Suez Inscriptions.

Selected list of works 

Persian translations
Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day
William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily and As I Lay Dying (novel)
Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy, Mysticism and Logic and Power: A New Social Analysis
Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot
Edgar Lawrence Doctorow’s Billy Bathgate and Ragtime
Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Mysterious Stranger
Will Cuppy’s The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody, 1972 under the title of Čenin konand bozorgān (چنین کنند بزرگان, Thus Act the Great).
Ernst Cassirer’s Philosophy of the Enlightenment and The Myth of the State
Isaiah Berlin’s Russian Thinkers
Sophocles’s Antigone
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and The Mad Man
Original works
From Garlic to Onion, co-authored with his wife Fahimeh Rastkar.
Selflessness pain: Review of the Concept of Alienation in the Philosophy of the West (1990)
The Myth Legend (2001)
In This Respect (2009)

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