Samad Behrangi

صمد بهرنگی

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Samad Behrangi (June 24, 1939 - August 31, 1967) was an Iranian teacher, social critic, folklorist, translator, and writer He is famous for his children's books such as:- The Little Black Fish- Olduz and the crows- 24 hours asleep and awake- One peach, thousand peaches- Olduz and the speaking doll- Old woman and golden chickenBehrangi drowned in the Aras river and his death was blamed on the Pahlavi regime (Wikipedia) - Samad Behrangi Samad Behrangi Born Died Nationality Occupation
(1939-06-24)June 24, 1939 Tabriz, Iran
August 31, 1967(1967-08-31) (aged 28) Tabriz, Iran
Short story writer, social critic, poet and translator

Samad Behrangi (Persian: صمد بهرنگی‎, Azerbaijani: صمد بهرنگی, Səməd Behrəngi, ; June 24, 1939 – August 31, 1967) was an Iranian teacher, social critic, folklorist, translator, and short story writer of Azeri extraction. He is famous for his children''s books, particularly The Little Black Fish. Influenced by predominantly leftist ideologies that were common among the Iranian intelligentsia of his era, his books typically portrayed the lives of the children of the urban poor and encouraged the individual to change his/ her circumstances by her own initiatives.

  • 1 Life
  • 2 Literary works
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Some of his works
  • 5 Quotations
  • 6 Photo gallery
  • 7 See also
  • 8 Sources
  • 9 External links


He was born in Tabriz to a lower-class Azerbaijani family. He finished elementary school and three years of secondary school before enrolling in a teacher training school, finishing the program in 1957. In the next eleven years, while teaching Persian in rural Azerbaijani schools, he attained a B.A. degree in English from Tabriz University.

Literary works

Apart from Children''s Stories, he wrote many pedagogical essays and collected and published several samples of oral Azerbaijani literature. His folklore studies have usually been done with the help of his colleague Behrooz Dehghani, who helped publish some of Behrangi''s works after his early death. Behrangi also has a few Azerbaijani translations from Persian poems by Ahmad Shamlou, Forough Farrokhzad, and Mehdi Akhavan-Sales.


Behrangi drowned in the Aras river and his death was blamed on the Pahlavi regime.

Some of his works
  • The Little Black Fish
  • Investigations into the Educational Problems of Iran (کندوکاو در مسائل تربیتی ایران )
  • Oldooz and the talking doll
  • Oldooz and the crows
  • Talkhoon
  • One peach and 1000 peaches

"so easily can death call on me but I have to keep up living as long as I can. However, if I face the death some day_ that I will_ doesn''t matter. What matters is the effect of my life and death on others''."

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