July 14, 2005

Hail & Farewell: Karim Emami . . .


Karim Emami, an Iranian translator known for his translations of major modern English-speaking writers into Persian, has died of leukemia at his home in Tehran at the age of 75. As a New York Times obituary by Nazila Fathi reports, Emami was also known for translating Persian poetry into English, “and for his work on dictionaries.” Among other works, he translated The Great Gatsby and Look Back in Anger into Persian, and the poems of Omar Khayyam into English. Emami studied English literature at the University of Minnesota, and after his return to Iran, “started the Zamineh bookstore in Tehran, a meeting place for book lovers.”

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