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Disoriental (Paperback)

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By Négar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
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"Life is such that, even in the darkest depths of the drama, there is always still a little room left for the absurd."

Disoriental begins innocuously with the narrator, Kimiâ, at a fertility clinic in contemporary Paris. Soon, however, the reader is thrown into the past, encountering Kimiâ’s Persian great grandfather and eventually learning of her family's harrowing escape to France during the Iranian Revolution. This ambitious, intricate story weaves a family’s history with the history of a country, but it is firmly rooted in one woman’s exploration of her place in the world, as a refugee from her homeland and an outcast from her family. Blending the personal and the political, tragedy and humor, the evocative story that unfolds is full of heart and warmth, unearthing sharp truths about diaspora, integration and segregation, sexuality, and how our family histories and political/cultural oppressions shape who we become. Ultimately, Disoriental is about the freedom to live and love in a world that doesn’t always grant such freedoms, unless you fight for them. Multigenerational sagas don’t always work, but Djavadi is a masterful storyteller. Disoriental doesn’t merely work, it absolutely triumphs.

— Shane


At the heart of this sweeping saga of twentieth-century Iran is the unforgettable story of Kimi Sadr-punk-rock aficionado, storyteller extraordinaire, a modern Scheherazade divided between family traditions and her "disorientalization."

Kimi fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five, she's inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors. 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.

At once a sweeping saga of twentieth-century Iran and an intimate story of a young woman's determination to create a future on her own terms.

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