Headstone of the Iranian author Sadegh Hedayat in Père Lachaise, and a view of the dense necropolis. Hedayat's novel The Blind Owl, with its mystical refrains and echoes of Poe, and some of his short stories affected me greatly when I read them years back. After I took the photo, an Iranian fan of the writer appeared, also taking a picture. I spoke with the man briefly. He said, "There he is... He died much too soon."