Interview with “Hamid Hessam”, life & authorship

Mohammad Ali Fatemi
Translated by Natalie Haghverdian

2019-12-03


"In Search of Moonlight: The Life and Writing of Hamid Hesam" is the name of an interview book by Hussein Qarai. This 175-page book, Question and Answer compiled by Shahid Kazemi, is published in the Fall of 1989.

The book begins with a list, mostly of cultural prominent features and celebrities. Their names have become headlines for Hussein Qarai's interview with Hamid Hussam, as the interviewee has spoken about them. Next to the list are two pages titled "Yearbook, Bibliography and Titles". The short introduction of Hamid Hesam, born in Hamadan in 1961 until 1398, when he became the scientific secretary of the first Book of Defenders of the Shrine (Hamedani Martyr Award). In the meantime, his military service, veteran, education and cultural activities in the field of sacred defense, particularly writing, are also included.

In the preface of the book, Hossein Qarai wrote that "In Search of the Moonlight" is the result of five detailed sessions with Hamid Hussam, one in Hamedan and three in Tehran and once on the phone ... and these fiver interviews took place in about three months. "The content following the introduction is the interview with Hamid Hessam starting with "Life and Writing". Obviously the content presents his life, his books, writing methodology and prose, and his perspective on writing about the Holy Defense, and about the writers and researchers of the Holy Defense.

Hessam's narrations in response to the questions both refer to specific moments in his life – which might be interesting both for those who know him and for those who are new to this book- and his view of the subject and the people, which might be of interest and good for study for different audiences. Anyhow, his narrations open the floor for the audience for yet another direct or indirect interaction.

Take an example of his remarks, quoted on pages 96 and 97 of "In Search of Moonlight: The Life and Authorship of Hamid Hesam": "Many people consider editing [the diary] to be the arrangement of narrator’s data. They say, if you include everything and transform the colloquial language of the narrator into a formal language then editing is complete. This is very much the case in our books ... but I believe I was probably the first person to bring the word "writing" after "editing" into my books. I write: "Interviewing, editing, and writing." Writing is other than editing. That is, editing is the formulation of the mechanical structure and arrangement of the narrator's data. Writing is reviving the stories unsaid which are forgotten in time and the writer dives somehow into the narrators mind to bring them to life. How? That's why I have to write someone whom I not only know, but I have to live with ... I strongly believe in three elements [in writing after editing]: 1. Dialogue. 2. Spatialization that is concrete and tangible expression of time and place; and 3. Imagery that is showing the interactions and reactions of people in the face of events. "

 

 

The phrases "Interviewing, editing and writing" that Hamid Hassam uttered reminded him of the book "My Share of His Eyes: Memories of Hamid Hassam". Alongside the name of Mustafa Rahimi, the same phrase manifests as his responsibility to create the book. This book was prepared in the Office of Sustainability Studies and Literature of Alborz Province and was first published in 2012 by Sureh Mehr Publications. By the fall of 2018, the third edition had been published.

"My Share of His Eyes" includes Hamid Hassam's memoirs of his presence on the sacred defense fronts, in other words his observations of Iraq's imposed war on Iran and his role in the fronts to counter Saddam's aggression. "In Search of Moonlight" is seven years away from this book. If the audience has read "My Share of His Eyes" the new book, introduces other aspects of the narrator's character which are mainly based on his viewpoint. If a reader first reads "In Search of Moonlight," he can refer to "My Share of His Eyes" to identify the source that had the greatest impact on Hamid Hussam's life and personality.



 
Number of Visits: 875


Comments

 
Full Name:
Email:
Comment:
 
Introducing a Thesis

The Islamic Revolution in Babol According to the Oral History

"Oral History of the Islamic Revolution in Babol with the Approach of Shiite History" is the title of a thesis written by Iraj Khodabakhshi, a student at the Faculty of Humanities, Payame Noor University, South Tehran Branch, for a MA degree under the guidance of Dr. Houshang Khosrobeigi and in consultation with Dr. Alireza Sufi in 2013. The present research is a study in Shiite history and in relation to how ...
A Book Review

The Soil Engineers: Oral History of Combat Engineering in Sacred Defense

The Soil Engineers is the first volume of "Oral History of Combat Engineering in Sacred Defense" series which was published by the efforts of Abbas Heidari Moghaddam and commissioned by the Museum of Sacred Defense in 2019. The book is written by compiling the memoirs of thirty combat engineers and veterans of the sacred defense in the constructive jihad, the IRGC and the Army. Almost all narrators are defense management experts or ...
The 315th Night of Memory

We Did Not Think Captivity Would Last Ten Years

The 315th Night of Memory session was held online on the Aparat website on July 23, 2020. In this session, "Seyyed Ahmad Gheshmi" and "Dr. Hamidreza Ghanbari", two liberated of the war, recounted their memories of captivity. In this online meeting, Davood Salehi presented as a presenter. The first narrator of the 315th night of memory session is a released from Hamadan province, born on September 11, 1957, who spent 10 years ...

Applied Oral History

We do not speak of or write oral history in order to do a job or enjoy, or that we only create an audio or a video and enrich our archive. Oral history has extraordinary attractions and capacities per se, which can be very effective and problematic if they are identified and used well. This means that if oral history is applied in a purposeful and planned way, it can be ...