Episode 1: Underground Literature in Contemporary Iran
In the first episode of Siamak Pourzand Foundation’s People of the Underground podcast series, Shahryar Mandanipour, a well-known Iranian author, speaks about underground literature. After a brief overview of the history of underground literature from the past to contemporary Iran, he answers our questions about various factors that have played a role in the decision of some Iranian writers to go underground, and to use unconventional means to publish their works. He also talks about his own experiences with the notion of underground literature in Iran, as well as the ways in which socio-political circumstances and efforts to limit freedom of expression have influenced his works before and after Islamic Revolution.
The Siamak Pourzand Foundation also thanks Ehsan Moghaddasi (art critic and sociologist) and Pooya Jahandar (social media expert) for their contributions to the production of this podcast series.