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


Shortlisted for the 2018 National Book Awards

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.

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