He has been given France Legion of Honour in 2014. Dowlatabadi is a great writer and actor, which Many of Dowlatabadi’s works have been translated into English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Chinese, Kurdish, Arabic, Dutch, Hebrew, and German. He’s known for his promotion of social and artistic freedom in contemporary Iran and his realist depictions of rural life, drawn from personal experience. He won many international awards as such as 2009 Haus der Kulturen Berlin International Literary Award, shortlist, The Colonel. 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize, longlist, The Colonel. 2012 Hooshang Golshiri Literary Award, Lifetime Achievement. 2013 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, winner, The Colonel. In August 2014, Iran issued a commemorative postage stamp for writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi.