Disoriental

Finalist, National Book Awards 2018 for Translated Literature

Disoriental by Negar Djavadi book cover
ISBN 9781609454517
Europa Editions
Tina Kover

Tina Kover’s translations include the Modern Library edition of Georges by Alexandre Dumas, père; The Black City by George Sand; and Anna Gavalda’s Life, Only Better. More about this author >

Négar Djavadi

Négar Djavadi was born in Iran in 1969 to a family of intellectuals opposed to the regimes both of the Shah, then of Khomeini. She arrived in France at the age of eleven, having crossed the mountains of Kurdistan on horseback with her mother and sister. More about this author >

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Translated by Tina Kover

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, kaleidoscopic 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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Négar Djavadi and Tina Kover (translator) read from "Disoriental" at 2018 National Book Awards Finalists Reading

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