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The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah

The House of the Mosque

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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.

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The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah

Iran, 1969. In the house of the mosque, the family of Aqa Jaan has lived for eight centuries. The house teems with life, played out under the watchful eyes of the storks that nest on the minarets above. But this family will experience upheaval unknown to previous generations. For in Iran, political unrest is brewing. The shah is losing his hold on power; the ayatollah incites rebellion from his exile in France; and one day the ayatollah returns. The consequences will be felt in every corner of Aqa Jaan's family.


Praise for My Father's Notebook: 'A moving elegy for a lost father and homeland, but also a voice raised against all forms of repression... My Father's Notebook reads like a detective story: information is withheld so that we gradually discover the background to Ishmael's exile.

About the Author

Kader Abdolah

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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21st January 2010


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