Ghazaleh Alizadeh

Ghazaleh Alizadeh
Born Fatemeh Alizadeh
Mashhad, Iran
Died 12 May 1996
Javaher Deh, Iran
Nationality  Iran
Tomb of Ghazaleh Alizadeh

Ghazaleh Alizadeh (Persian: غزاله علیزاده  listen ) (born 1947, Mashhad, Iran, died 12 May 1996) [1] was an Iranian poet and writer. Her mother was also a poet and writer. She married twice; she and her husband Bizhan Elahi had a daughter called Salma. She also adopted two girls who were survivors of the 1961 Qazvin earthquake.[2]


She was an extroverted, smart, and energetic student at school. She got her diploma in Humanism from Mahasti High School and at the same time became a vegetarian. She received her BA in Political Sciences from Tehran University, then went to France to study philosophy and cinema in Sorbonne University. She initially went to Paris to pursue her PhD in law, but changed her major to illuminationism and wanted to write her dissertation on Molavi, but she left it due to the sudden death of her father.

She started her literary career by writing short stories in Mashhad. Her major work was the novel Khaneye Edrisiha ("The Edrissis' House" (خانه ادریسیها)). Her short stories include "The Crossroad", "After Summer", and "The In-transitory Journey", and her other novels include Two Landscapes and Tehran Nights. Some of her works have been translated into English by Rosa Jamali.

She had cancer and was suffering, and therefore tried killing herself twice, but was not successful. She finally committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree in Javaher Deh in Ramsar, Mazandaran in May 1996. Her body was interred at Emamzadeh Taher cemetery.

A documentary movie, Ghazaleh Alizadeh Trial, has been produced about her life.[3][4][5]






  2. Encyclopaedia Iranica ALIZADEH, Ghazaleh
  3. رادیو زمانه
  4. خبرگزاری کتاب ایران
  5. Nikoonazar, Karim (1998). Heaven can wait. Kargozaran newspaper. p. 5.
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