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Congratulations to Reza Farokhfal on the recent publication of his monograph In Presence of the Secret of Motherland (in Persian). Reza Farokhfal argues that “Iranianity” was not invented in the context of the so-called “colonial modernization” of a peripheral country. Rather, Iranian national identity existed as a remembrance in the Persian literary tradition long before the formation of the modern nation-state in Iran in the early twentieth century. The author uses a post-structural literary theoretical framework, inspired by Michail Bakhtin, Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Derrida, along with writings of theorists such as Michel Foucault, Benedict Anderson, and Étienne Balibar to offer a re-reading of the main trends in classic (canonical) and modern Persian literature, demonstrating the deep indigenous roots of Iranian national identity. An electronic version of Reza Farokhfal’s book can be downloaded for free at