About Bijan Najdi

Bijan Nadji (1941-1997), a teacher from Lahijan, Iran, published just two collections of fiction in his short, late-blooming literary career, Cheetahs That Have Run With Me (1994) and Down These Same Streets Again (2001). A third collection, Unfinished Stories (2002), was published posthumously by his wife. He also published two collections of poetry. Cheetahs met with great acclaim, and its postmodernist style — groundbreaking in its time & context — provoked substantial amounts of literary criticism in Persian and some in English. His work often depicts major formative events of Iranian history and their effects on common people, but through circuitous means, circumventing censors and using unconventional narrators, like a doll or a man’s tattoo, to describe otherwise unbroachable subjects.