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Rem of fifty two wives and her parents Darius and Sara stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them It is Kimiâ 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 recipient of numerous literary honors“Where initially Disoriental seems focused on Kimiâ’s father and his pro democracy activism―first against the Shah then the Ayatollah Khomeini―this is truly Kimiâ’s story of disorientation―national familial and sexual―and finding herself again”― The Globe and Mail“A tour de force of storytelling Djavadi. Such brilliant book one of the best I have read in yearsRich prose and has focus on observing emotions and feelings ones we often not able to describe or even re

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National Book Award Finalist “A multigenerational epic of the Sadr family’s life in Iran and their eventual exile Full of surprises” The Globe and MailWinner of the 2019 Albertine Prize and Lambda Literary Award Kimiâ 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 Kimiâ 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 ha. Which is the story The writer seems to think that we want to know back stories of virtually every character Perhaps it is the translation that sometimes makes the wri

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Deftly weaves together the history of 20th century Iran and the spellbinding chronicle of her own ancestors Perfectly blends historical fact with contemporary themes”― Library Journal “Riveting Djavadi is an immensely gifted storyteller and Kimiâ’s tale is especially compelling”― Booklist starred review“A wonder and a pleasure to read”―Rivka Galchen author of Atmospheric DisturbancesWINNER 2019 ALBERTINE PRIZEWINNER 2019 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDFINALIST 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDFINALIST 2019 CLMP FIRECRACKER AWARDFINALIST 2019 BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARDWINNER LE PRIX DU ROMAN NEWS WINNER STYLE PRIZEWINNER 2016 LIRE BEST DEBUT NOVELWINNER LA PORTE DORÉEPRIZE ONE OF THE GLOBE & MAIL’S BEST BOOKS OF 201. I ve read this book and it is not in my top 50 I would say

12 thoughts on “Disoriental

  1. says:

    A crash course in Persian/Iranian history that transcends form. A novel that reads like nonfiction the way I wish nonfiction was often written. Historical, semi autobiographical yet a true novel, one which elucidates a period of history still affecting the world and its people. Highly recommend this challenging novel.

  2. says:

    Which is the story? The writer seems to think that we want to know back stories of virtually every character. Perhaps it is the translation that sometimes makes the writing sound self conscious and melodramatic. For this reader, thes

  3. says:

    When I started reading the book, I was expecting literary fiction, considering all the prizes it has received. It had a good beginning. But after 60 pages or so, I was disappointed. As one reviewer pointed out, there's ha

  4. says:

    Such brilliant book, one of the best I have read in years!
    Rich prose and has focus on observing emotions and feelings, ones we

  5. says:

    Too much expository; a heartfelt book which leans heavily (altogether?) on materials from Djavadi’s own experiences. The jumps in time sequence were disconcerting. Were they necessary? The use of THE EVENT that came at th

  6. says:

    This book knocked my socks off. I loved the story. I loved the manner in which it was told. I loved the characters. I enjoyed the history lesson. What a writer! It's especially impressive since this is her first novel. I can't gush enough about this book. This one will stick with me for a long, long time. I hope there are to come from Ms. Djavadi. An excellent read!

  7. says:

    Very well written and poignant. It’s virtually a history of modern Iran told through the experience of the youngest daughter of an Iranian family living in Paris. Djavadi writes movingly about the difference between immigration and exile and the difficulties faced by anyone trying to integrate into a new, foreign culture. A beautiful book.

  8. says:

    One of the best books I’ve read this year! A beautifully written saga that weaves intimate family life with Pers

  9. says:

    I've read this book and it is not in my top 50 I would say

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    Recipient was pleased

  11. says:

    Punctual arrival, good condition

  12. says:

    We learn very early on that this will not be an easy novel to read. The narrator, Kimia Sadr, tells us that her s