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Disoriental, Paperback / softback Book

Disoriental Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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WINNER2019 Albertine Prize2019 Lambda Literary AwardPrix du StylePrix de la Porte Doree 2016 Lire Best Debut Novel Le Prix du Roman NewsNow in B-format PaperbackKimia Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France.

Now twenty-five, with a new life and the prospect of a child, Kimia is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which reach her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves.

In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them. In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph.

Yet it is Kimia herself-punk-rock aficionado, storyteller extraordinaire, a Scheherazade of our time, and above all a modern woman divided between family traditions and her own "disorientalization"-who forms the heart of this bestselling and beloved novel. "In her remarkable novel, Negar Djavadi beautifully captures the "disorientation" of exile and the attempt to reconstruct a self through family stories." - The New York Times"The novel pulsates with life but does not shirk from violence.

The gorgeous prose...takes the edge off the relentless turmoil described throughout." - The Financial Times"A momentous saga of modern Iran." - Publishers Weekly

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