Iran bids farewell to prominent poet Mohammad-Ali Sepanlou

Iran has bid farewell to poet Mohammad-Ali Sepanlou, one of the most prominent Iranian literary figures.

The eminent poet and translator was laid to rest following a funeral procession in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

Many distinguished literary figures and artists attended Sepanlou’s funeral, including writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, translators Asadollah Amraee and Farzaneh Taheri, translator and gallerist Leili Golestan and others.

Iranian author Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (C) is seen participating in poet Mohammad-Ali Sepanlou’s funeral procession, Tehran, May 14, 2015. (© ISNA)

Sepanlou passed away on Monday at the age of 75 and after a long battle with lung cancer.

He graduated from Tehran University’s Faculty of Law in 1963.

Throughout his literary career, Sepanlou published over 50 books. His works have been translated into English, German, Arabic, Swedish, Dutch and French.

Sepanlou also translated works of several renowned writers, such as Jean-Paul Sarte and Albert Camus into Persian.

He took part in many literary seminars and conferences around the world, introducing Iranian culture and literature to writers, critics and book-enthusiasts in other countries.

Sepanlou was awarded the French Legion of Honour and the Max Jacob award for his scholarly and literary achievements.

He also tried his hand at acting and appeared in films by Amir Qavidel, Nasser Taghva’ee and Ali Hatami.

By Press TV