The Truthful Dream, Beginnings of the Persian Novel
Roʾyā-ye Sādeqe” (The Truthful Dream) was a document written in secrecy during Irans Constitutional Era and smuggled to Russia for publication and dissemination. Although dates and details of its publication are unknown, authorship is attributed to the cleric, Sayyed Jamāl-al-Din Vāez Esfahāni (1863-1908) and other collaborators. The work is an attack against the ruling establishment of Esfahān which put the personal safety of the authors in great danger. While this work usually finds mention in histories of Iran, its role as precursor to the modern Iranian novel has somehow been overlooked. The work is virtually unknown to scholars of modern Persian literature, all the more unbelievable since the son of author, Sayyed Jamāl, is none other than Mohammad-`Ali Jamalzadeh, the father of the modern Persian short-story. No English translation of this text is available. This project proposes in its first phase to put this text online in the formats of 1) scanned image, 2) html Persian text with 3) parallel English translation as well as 4) audio recording.