Mehdi Sahabi, born in 1944 in Iran was an Iranian translator, painter, artist and writer. Sahabi translated novels originally in English, French, and Italian into Persian. He was a “cultural intellectual” as Javad Mojabi, another Iranian pioneer artist describes “who other than his field of specialization had influenced the collective fate of a country, opening the way for the people to benefit from new ideas and thoughts” He left his studies at the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Tehran and Rome University of Fine Arts unfinished.
His translation of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time, which he spent 11 years on, is considered his finest. He also translated Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Sentimental Education, Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, All Men are Mortal by Simone de Beauvoir, Stendhal's The Red and the Black, The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino and Louis-Ferdinand Céline's Death on Credit.
Sahabi was awarded Iran's Book of the Year, after which no translator won for 18 years. He died in Paris of a heart attack on November 9, 2009. His funeral took place in Tehran. He is mostly known for his written works however, he was also an influential sculptor and painter. His artworks have been widely exhibited in numerous museums and art auctions round the globe including Iranian Museum of Contemporary Art, Pasargad Bank Museum of Art.