“Seven Captains” is a work by “Shahriar Mandanipour” which, in addition to a work of the same name, has the titles “Lady of the Garden”, “Mina”, “Persian Order of Death”, “Suicide of a Whale”, “Whisper of Soldiers”, “Ruyin Tani” And includes “Autumn Wheat Field”. The latter is a work in which he tells the reader why he became a writer and its path in a language that is specific to the author himself. “Shahriar Mandanipour”, who has always been an active and creative writer during his writing years, has never stopped creating stories that convey a special word to the audience in a more specific language. “Seven Captains” is another attempt in this direction that shows the eloquent pen of “Shahriar Mandanipour” to the reader and the loud voice of his thought can be heard line by line of these stories. One of the most important elements that the author uses in the stories of “Seven Captains” is the active use of the element of violence. Violence is everywhere in the stories, even in the most romantic story of “Seven Captains”. However, “Shahriar Mandanipour” has skillfully embedded this violence in the context of the story, so that its existence does not impair the taste and flows like a natural phenomenon like a wave in the river water, in the background of the story. This violence is sometimes accompanied by the stoning of a woman, sometimes casting a shadow over the body of an Iraqi soldier in captivity, and sometimes burying a cruel manager alive. In most of the stories in this series, most people are on the side of violence, and if anyone opposes this situation, there is a minority.
Shahyar Mandanipour was born on February 14, 1957 in Shiraz. His first collection of stories called Shadows of a Cave was published in 1989. He has long been the editor of the banned Thursday evening weekly and is currently based in the United States. He is one of the most important writers of the third generation of Iranian fiction, whose stories are of considerable importance in terms of form and language. He has taught at Harvard University and Boston College and Tufts.