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A sweeping, compelling story bringing to life the Iranian Revolution, from an author who experienced it first hand.

 

It is Iran in 1969. In the house of the mosque, the family of Aqa Jaan has lived for eight centuries. Now it is occupied by three cousins—Aqa Jaan, a merchant and head of the city’s bazaar; Alsaberi, the imam of the mosque; and Aqa Shoja, the mosque’s muezzin. The house teems with life as each family grows up with their own triumphs and tragedies. ...

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Overview

A sweeping, compelling story bringing to life the Iranian Revolution, from an author who experienced it first hand.

 

It is Iran in 1969. In the house of the mosque, the family of Aqa Jaan has lived for eight centuries. Now it is occupied by three cousins—Aqa Jaan, a merchant and head of the city’s bazaar; Alsaberi, the imam of the mosque; and Aqa Shoja, the mosque’s muezzin. The house teems with life as each family grows up with their own triumphs and tragedies. Sadiq is waiting for a suitor to knock at the door to ask for her hand, while her two grandmothers sweep the floors each morning dreaming of traveling to Mecca. Shahbal longs only to get hold of a television to watch the first moon landing. These daily dramas play out under the watchful eyes of the storks that nest on the rooftop of the house. 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 of which will be felt in every corner of Aqa Jaan’s family. The story of a key period of world history—the Iranian Revolution—is told through the eyes of one family.

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"Beguiling and utterly original. It is that rare thing: a deeply political novel that informs, thrills, and moves in equal measure."  —Tahmima Anam, author, A Golden Age

"The history of Iran in the 20th century glints through . . . moving and illuminating."  —Publishers Weekly on My Father's Notebook

"An intimate portrait . . . Abdolah’s prose . . . is clean and lyrical . . . A sweeping novel that chronicles the tumultuous modern history of [Iran]."  —Kirkus Reviews on My Father's Notebook

"A lovely novel, has the cadence of a fairy tale and the clarity of truth ."  —Wall Street Journal on My Father's Notebook

"Myth and unlovely reality meet and mingle . . . Conveys the heartache of an exile who cannot help but feel a traitor."  —Christian Science Monitor on My Father's Notebook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847672414
  • Publisher: Canongate UK
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kader Abdolah (a pen name created in memoriam to friends who died under the persecution of 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, writing for an illegal journal and clandestinely publishing two books in Iran. In 1988, at the invitation of the UN, he arrived in the Netherlands as a political refugee. He now writes in Dutch and is the author of My Father's Notebook. In 2008 he was honored with Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Embassy in the Hague.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I loved this book, being Iranian, and one who's family fled from the revolution, I appreciated the authors perspective. Aside from being a beautifully written novel, I thought Kader Abdolah a gave an accurate account of the atrocities that took place, and what lead up to them. For all those who like to know what happened in Iran, how the Shah got over thrown, this is a fanatic book.

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