Disoriental (Paperback)

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By Negar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
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A story of exile, family, and the costs of being a revolutionary. Kimiâ is the daughter of dissidents in Tehran during the 1970s. Her father, life under threat, flees to Paris, and his family follows. Kimiâ's story is more than just politics -- the choices made by her adored father reverberate through the family and her own coming of age. Far from home, with no possibilty of return, she struggles to "re-orient." Complex, dark but with a touch of humor. 

— Kathy Crowley

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WINNER: Le Prix du Roman News, Style Prize, Lire Best Debut Novel 2016, la Porte Dor e Prize

Kimi 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 and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimi is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to 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 Kimi 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.

About the Author


Tina Kover's published works include the Modern Library translation of Georges by Alexandre Dumas père, The Black City by George Sand (Carroll & Graf), and Maurice G. Dantec's Cosmos Incorporated and Grand Junction. In 2009 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for the translation of Manette Salomon by the Goncourt brothers.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781609454517
ISBN-10: 1609454510
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: April 17th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English