Houshang Moradi Kermani

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Houshang Moradi Kermani (born 7 September 1944) (Persian: هوشنگ مرادی کرمانی‎‎) is an eminent Iranian writer best known for children's and young-adult fiction. For his lasting contribution as a children's writer, he was a finalist in 2014 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books.[1]

Moradi Kermani was born in Sirch, a village in Kerman Province, and was educated in Sirch, Kerman and Tehran.[2]

Several Iranian movies and TV-series have been made based on his books. In 2006, Dariush Mehrjui directed Mehman-e Maman based on Moradi Kermani's novel with the same title.[3]

Some of Moradi Kermani's books have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, and Armenian. His auto-biography is published in 2005, named "Believe it or not" (Shoma ke gharibe nistid).

He has won many national and international awards which include Hans Christian Andersen Honorary diploma (1992) and University of San Francisco book of the year (2000).

Selected works

  • The Tales of Madjid (Ghesseh-ha-ye Madjid)
  • The Boot (Chakmeh)
  • The Palm (Nakhl)
  • The Tale of That Vat (Dastan-e an khomreh)
  • The Tandoor (Tanour)
  • The Cruse (Kouzeh)
  • Mommy's guest (Mehman-e maaman)
  • Fist on hide (Mosht bar poust)
  • Believe it or not (Shoma ke gharibe nistid)


  1. "2014 Awards". Hans Christian Andersen Awards. International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). With contemporary material including the 17 March 2014 shortlist press release. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  2. "Moradi Kermani's "The big clay jar" travels to Taiwan". Iran Book News Agency (ibna.ir). 30 December 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Houshang Moradi Kermani". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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