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Disoriental

Négar Djavadi | Translated by Tina Kover

Disoriental is Négar Djavadi’s debut and was selected by Lire magazine as the Best Debut Novel of 2016. In an article in the August 21, 2017 issue of Publishers Weekly, Louisa Ermelino said of DISORIENTAL: “Djavadi captures the culture of Iran, her tone clever and amusing and uncritical. [...] But the beauty of Disoriental is most importantly its sure-footed storytelling, its captivating characters, and its surprising ending.” It is the winner of the Prix du Style, Prix de la Porte Dorée, Prix Prem1ère (RTBF), Emmanuel Roblès Debut Novel Prize, Prix du Roman News 2017, Prix Folies d’encre, and L’Autre Prix.

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 harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them. 
 
In this high-spirited, multigenerational story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph. Yet 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. 

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