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International journalist and award-winning literary translator Fred A. Reed is also a respected specialist on politics and religion in the Middle East. Anatolia Junction, his acclaimed work on the unacknowledged wars of the Ottoman succession, has been translated in Turkey, where it enjoys a wide following. Shattered Images, which explores the origins of contemporary fundamentalist movements in Islam, has also been translated into Turkish, and into French as Images brisées (VLB éditeur, Montréal).
After several years as a librarian and trade union activist at the Montreal Gazette, Reed began reporting from Islamic Iran in 1984, visiting the Islamic Republic thirty times since then. He has also reported extensively on Middle Eastern affairs for La Presse, CBC Radio-Canada and Le Devoir.
A three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for translation, plus a nomination in 2009 for his translation of Thierry Hentsch’s Le temps aboli, Empire of Desire, Reed has translated works by many of Quebec’s leading authors, several in collaboration with novelist David Homel, as well as by Nikos Kazantzakis and other modern Greek writers.
Reed worked with documentarist Jean-Daniel Lafond on two documentary films: Salam Iran, a Persian Letter and American Fugitive. The two later collaborated on Conversations in Tehran (Talonbooks, 2006). Fred A. Reed resides in Montreal.
September 2013 : Ms. Massoumeh Ebtekar Appointed to Iranian Political Office
September 2013 : Talonbooks Author Martine Desjardins Wins 2013 Sunburst Award
QUOTES OF NOTEThen We Were One
“Through a fragmented yet largely chronologically arranged narrative, intertwined with reminiscences of the life of his brother with whom Reed was obviously very close, readers are treated to a story of massive geographical and ideological shifts – from white, middle-class Catholic Pasadena – through tumultuous involvement in dodging the American draft and adherence to secular Marxism while living in Greece and Canada, and visiting Iran, Turkey and Syria – finally to Montreal and conversion to Islam influenced by the Nur movement founded by the Turkish sage Bediüzzaman Said Nursi. If a central thread is to be distinguished in this narrative, it is that of rebellious iconoclasm: the confrontation and smashing of various idols, culminating in surrender to ‘the centrality of mercy that Islam ascribes again and again to God’ (286). … the book succeeds in its stated goal of telling the tale of the survivor.” – Franz Volker Greifenhagen, Equinox Online: Religious Studies and Theology”
QUOTES OF NOTEAnatolia Junction
“ Anatolia Junction succeeds in showing readers in the West that Islam is not a monolith, but ‘a rich and complex mosaic.’”
— Canadian Book Review Annual”
QUOTES OF NOTEPersian Postcards
An excellent guide to the people, religion, politics and world view of modern Iran.
— Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Both accessible to the uninitiated and a valuable resource.
— Quill & Quire
Assumptions about Iran shattered.
— Toronto Star
QUOTES OF NOTEConversations in Tehran
A society like ours, which flirts almost unconsciously with the bullies of ‘political correctness’…needs men, women, writers, journalists, intellectuals like Fred A. Reed.
— CBC Radio-Canada
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