April 2, 2023

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Iranian publisher takes readers to John Steinbeck’s “Forgotten Village”

TEHRAN – John Steinbeck’s story “The Forgotten Village” has recently been published by the Taq publishing house in Tehran.

Originally published in 1941, the book has been translated into Persian by Yusef Najafi Jablu.

The novelist who wrote “The Grapes of Wrath” and the director who produced “Crisis and Lights Out” in Europe combined their superb talents to tell the story of the coming of modern medicine to the natives of Mexico.

There have been several notable examples of this pen-camera method of narration, but “The Forgotten Village” is unique among them in that the text was written before a single picture was shot. 

The book and the movie from which it was made have, thus, continuity and a dramatic growth not to be found in the so-called “documentary” films.

Headed by Kline and with Steinbeck’s script at hand, the camera crew spent nine months off the trails of Mexico recording this narrative of birth and death, of witch doctors and vaccines, of the old Mexico and the new. 

They traveled thousands of miles to find just the village they needed; they borrowed children from the government school, took men from the fields, their wives from the markets, and an old medicine woman from her hut by the side of the trail. 

The motion picture they made (for release in 1941) is 8,000 feet long. From this wealth of pictures 136 photographs were selected for their intrinsic beauty and for the graceful harmony with which they accompany Steinbeck’s text.

This new script-photograph technique of narration conveys its ideas with unexcelled brilliance and immediacy. 

In the hands of such master storytellers as Steinbeck and Kline, it makes the reader catch his or her breath for the beauty and the truth of the tale.

Photo: Front cover of the Persian edition of John Steinbeck’s book “The Forgotten Village”.   


Original News : https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480789/Iranian-publisher-takes-readers-to-John-Steinbeck-s-Forgotten

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