A sweeping, compelling story which brings to life the Iranian Revolution, from an author who experienced it first-hand
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.
* Beautifully written and fiercely readable Daily Mail * Abdolah's is a powerful voice The Times Saturday Review * Enchanting...Abdolah's juxtapositions - the spiritual and the earthly, myth and reality - give the story a powerful irony. Independent * [Kader Abdolah] tells this story straight from the heart. And it's on the heart too that it leaves an indelible mark. The Scotsman Magazine * Expertly mingles fiction and personal history to create a thought-provoking novel to please fans of Khaled Hosseini, Mohsin Hamid and Azar Nafisi. Waterstone's Books Quarterly * fabulously powerful and heart warming Good Book Guide * an impressive book [telling] a tragic story illustrating the power of the human spirit to conquer. The Bookseller * Sensual, beguiling and elegantly translated. -- Alastair Mabbott Herald Arts * Fabulously powerful and heart-warming. Good Book Guide * Captivating and distinctive ... a measured, beguiling and potent example of literary resistance Times Literary Supplement