Ayatollah Khamenei reveals himself an ‘#AvidReader’ on Twitter
“I'm not into cinema and visual arts,” Ayatollah Ali Khameni declared
Iran’s supreme leader, who holds the final say on the country’s domestic and international policy, revealed himself as an “#AvidReader” of fiction in a series of tweets this week.
“I'm not into cinema and visual arts,” Ayatollah Ali Khameni declared. “But when it comes to poetry and novels, I'm not just a typical audience. #Books,” his tweet explained.
The 75-year-old spiritual leader expressed his fascination with Soviet-era literature, singling out writers like Mikhail Sholokhov and Alexei Tolstoy, whom he called a “powerful writer.”
While Alexei Tolstoy was “anti-revolutionary,” Khamene explained in reference to the 1917 October revolution in Russia, he then “grasps #revolution, returns home to write ‘The Ordeal.’”
“I’ve read so much on Oct. Rev.; #Sholokhov’s “The Quiet Don” is good but #Tolstoi’s “The Ordeal” is better in depicting a #revolution.”
According to PEN International, an association of writers, more than 20 writers are currently held in Iranian jails, the Guardian reported.