Iraj Pezeshkzad: An Iranian Writer Who Wrote One of the Most Popular Works of Modern Persian Literature

From a Washington Post obit by Emily Langer headlined “Iraj Pezeshkzad, celebrated Iranian satirist and author of ‘My Uncle Napoleon,’ dies”:

Iraj Pezeshkzad, an Iranian writer whose satirical 1973 novel “My Uncle Napoleon,” affectionately skewering the foibles of his countrymen and -women in the decades before the Islamic Revolution, became one of the most phenomenally popular works of modern Persian literature, died in Santa Monica, Calif. He was believed to be 95.

Mr. Pezeshkzad had lived in exile in France since shortly after the 1979 revolution that overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and installed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as supreme religious leader of Iran. Mr. Pezeshkzad was visiting family in the United States when the coronavirus pandemic began and had remained in the country ever since.