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Kader Abdolah (a pen name created in memoriam to friends who died under persecution by the current Iranian regime) was born in Iran in 1954. While a student of physics in Tehran, he joined a secret leftist party that fought against the dictatorship of the shah and the subsequent dictatorship of the ayatollahs. Abdolah wrote for an illegal journal and clandestinely published two books in Iran. In 1988, at the invitation of the United Nations, he arrived in the Netherlands as a political refugee.
Kader Abdolah now writes in Dutch and is the author of several novels, including My Father’s Notebook (also published by Canongate) and two collections of short stories, as well as works of non-fiction. In 2008 Kader Abdolah was honoured with the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
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A sweeping, compelling story which brings to life the Iranian Revolution in which the Shah is losing his hold on power as a consequence of the exciled Ayatollah inciting rebellion, from an author who experienced it first-hand. It's a heart-rending story and beautifully written.
*Longlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award* Once upon a time there was a Persian prince. The prince had many brothers, for his father had married over a thousand wives, but Prince Naser alone stood to inherit the kingdom. As the prince ascends to the throne we lurk in his shadow to overhear the whispered intrigues and plotting of bloody battles. The weight of the nation bears heavily on Shah Naser's shoulders. Will this young king triumph or will he succumb to the forces that threaten to engulf him? Enter the court of the King of Persia . . .
Als Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts Schah Naser Konig von Persien wird, befi ndet sich sein Reich in vieler Hinsicht noch im Mittelalter. Der junge Schah ist hin- und hergerissen zwischen seinen beiden wichtigsten Beratern: seiner Mutter Mahdolia, der die Familientradition heilig ist, und dem Wesir Mirza Kabir, der Persien an die europaische Moderne anbinden mochte. In atmospharischen Bildern erweckt Kader Abdolah die Welt der persischen Konige zum Leben. Ein spannender Roman, in dem sich die Geschichte des Iran, aber auch die aktuellen Ereignisse in der arabischen Welt spiegeln.
Welcome to the house of the mosque . . . Iran, 1950. Spring has arrived, and as the women prepare the festivities, Sadiq waits for a suitor to knock on the door. Her uncle Nosrat returns from Tehran with a glamorous woman, while on the rooftop, Shahbal longs only for a television to watch the first moon landing. But not even the beloved grandmothers can foresee what will happen in the days and months to come. The household is set to experience great love and loss as it opens the doors to faith and politics. In this uplifting bestseller, Kader Abdolah charts the triumphs and tragedies of a family on the brink of revolution.
On a holy mountain in the depths of Persia there is a cave with a mysterious cuneiform carving deep inside it. Aga Akbar, a deaf-mute boy from the mountain, develops his own private script from these symbols and writes passionately of his life, his family and his efforts to make sense of the changes the twentieth century brings to his country. Exiled in Holland a generation later, Akbar's son Ishmael struggles to decipher the notebook, reflecting on how his own political activities have forced him to flee his country and abandon his family. As he gets closer to the heart of his father's story, he unravels the intricate tale of how the silent world of a village carpet-mender was forced to give way to one where the increasingly hostile environment of modern Iran has brought the family both love and sacrifice.