The House of the Mosque (Paperback)

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By Kader Abdolah, Susan Massotty (Translator)
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Welcome to the house of the mosque . . .

Iran, 1950. Spring has arrived, and as the women prepare the festivities, Sadiq waits for a suitor to knock on the door. Her uncle Nosrat returns from Tehran with a glamorous woman, while on the rooftop, Shahbal longs only for a television to watch the first moon landing. But not even the beloved grandmothers can foresee what will happen in the days and months to come. The household is set to experience great love and loss as it opens the doors to faith and politics.

In this uplifting bestseller, Kader Abdolah charts the triumphs and tragedies of a family on the brink of revolution.

About the Author

Kader Abdolah (a pen name created in memoriam to friends who died under persecution by the current Iranian regime) was born in Iran in 1954. While a student of physics in Tehran, he joined a secret leftist party that fought against the dictatorship of the shah and the subsequent dictatorship of the ayatollahs. Abdolah wrote for an illegal journal and clandestinely published two books in Iran. In 1988, at the invitation of the United Nations, he arrived in the Netherlands as a political refugee. Kader Abdolah now writes in Dutch and is the author of several novels, including My Father's Notebook (also published by Canongate) and two collections of short stories, as well as works of non-fiction.

Praise For…

"Beguiling and utterly original. It is that rare thing: a deeply political novel that informs, thrills, and moves in equal measure."  Tahmima Anam, author, A Golden Age

"The history of Iran in the 20th century glints through . . . moving and illuminating."  Publishers Weekly on My Father's Notebook

"An intimate portrait . . . Abdolah’s prose . . . is clean and lyrical . . . A sweeping novel that chronicles the tumultuous modern history of [Iran]."  Kirkus Reviews on My Father's Notebook

"A lovely novel, has the cadence of a fairy tale and the clarity of truth ."  Wall Street Journal on My Father's Notebook

"Myth and unlovely reality meet and mingle . . . Conveys the heartache of an exile who cannot help but feel a traitor."  Christian Science Monitor on My Father's Notebook

Product Details
ISBN: 9781847672414
ISBN-10: 1847672418
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication Date: January 13th, 2011
Pages: 436
Language: English