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AIAP presents Mr. Abbas Maroufi: A Night of Storytelling
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Dinner and Networking
7:00 pm - 7:15 pm - Annoucements and Community News
7:15 pm - 7:30 pm - Announcement by the dean of National University
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Music Performance and Break
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Lecture and Q&A
“What a repository is my memory! Why does my memory transcend now and then and embrace the whole history? All accompany me in my memory and I am absent from everybody’s memory”.
Excerpts from “Year of Turmoil” by Abbas Maroufi”
These few lines capture to the fullest extent the core of Abbas Maroufi’s writings. Relying upon the vast and varied heritage of Persian classical literature, Maroufi has developed a voice and style that is engaging, compelling, and all encompassing. A graduate of Fine Arts from Tehran University, he has demonstrated his prodigious artistic talent by serving as the director of Tehran Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and stage manager of Roodaki Hall for performing arts, one of the most prestigious artistic venues in Iran. His outstanding career was recognized by such awards as “Heinrich Boll Artist in Residernce” and translations of his books into German have received awards from “Arnold Zweig Foundation” and “Surkamp Philosophy Foundation”. His social activism and relentless effort to uphold freedom of expression put him at odds with Iranian authorities and led to his forced migration to Germany on 1991. Maroufi is currently running Gardoon Press and Publighing House. Maroufi should be commended for his enthusiasm to disseminate his knowledge to emerging generation of young writers through organizing workshops and literary awards.
About Abbas Maroufi
A graduate of Fine Arts from Tehran University with a prodigious artistic talent, Maroufi has been director of Tehran Symphony Orchestra, founder of Tehran-based literary Gardoon magazine, and author of numerous award winning and widely read novels. His “Symphony of the Dead” written in keeping with movements of a musical symphony displays formative impact of his background in music on his writing. Belonging to the post-revolution generation of Iranian writers, his novels focus on individual struggles with social and historical dogma. Translations of Maroufi’s writings into other languages have brought him international readership and praise by winning awards from “Arnold Zweig Foundation” and “Surkamp Publishing House” for German translations of his works. The style of Maroufi’s writings and his commitment to freedom of expression led to his forced migration to Germany where he founded Gardoon Press and Publishing House.
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