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Samad Behrangi
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Born (1939-06-24)June 24, 1939
Tabriz, Iran
Died August 31, 1968(1968-08-31) (aged 29)
Aras River
Cause of death Drowning
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Short story writer, social critic, poet, translator

Samad Behrangi (Persian: صمد بهرنگی; June 24, 1939 – August 31, 1968) was an Iranian teacher, social critic, folklorist, translator, and short story writer of Azerbaijani descent. He is famous for his children's books, particularly The Little Black Fish. Influenced by predominantly leftist ideologies that were common among the intelligentsia of his era‌, which made him popular among the Organization of Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas, his books typically portrayed the lives of the children of the urban poor and encouraged the individual to change his/ her circumstances by her own initiatives.


Behrangi drowned in the Aras river and his death was blamed on the Pahlavi government. It is believed that an army officer, Hamzeh Farahati, was seen with him when he drowned. Farahati in his book and in an interview with VOA has unequivocally claimed that Samad drowned and was not killed by SAVAK.

Some of his works

  • The Little Black Fish
  • Investigations into the Educational Problems of Iran (کندوکاو در مسائل تربیتی ایران)
  • Ulduz and the talking doll
  • Ulduz and the crows
  • Talkhoon
  • One peach and 1000 peaches
  • The Complete Stories of Behrang, publishers, Persian Culture & Art Institute, Vancouver and Zagros Publications, Montreal, Canada
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