My Father's Notebook

Kader Abdolah author Susan Massotty translator


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:4th Nov '21


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My Father's Notebook cover

When he was a boy, Aga Akbar, the illegitimate, deaf son of a Persian nobleman, travelled with his uncle to a cave on nearby Saffron Mountain. Once there, he was to transcribe a cuneiform inscription over three thousand years old. Decades later, his son, Ishmael - a political dissident in exile - attempts to translate a notebook filled with a private language made from this ancient script . . . and in the process tells his father's story, his own, and the story of twentieth-century Iran.

My Father's Notebook is at once a masterful chronicle of a culture's troubled voyage into modernity and the heart-rending, timeless tale of a son's enduring love.

This poignant, affectionate and beautifully told tale reflects a longing for a lost homeland * * Guardian * *
Beautifully evoked in often touching and amusing detail . . . My Father's Notebook is an intriguing, complex and often playful novel that deserves attention * * Scotland on Sunday * *
My Father's Notebook, a lovely novel, has the cadence of a fairy tale and the clarity of truth * * Wall Street Journal * *
A storyteller of utmost subtlety and natural ease * * Times Literary Supplement * *
With seamlessly interwoven quotations from Persian and Dutch literature, deft storytelling and affectionate humour, he offers the reader buoyancy as well as weight. My Father's Notebook is a gift to English readers * * Independent * *
[A] powerful meditation . . . A moving elegy for a lost father and homeland, but also a voice raised against all forms of repression . . . My Father's Notebook reads like a detective story * * Guardian * *
Kader Abdolah weaves Sufi myths, political intrigue and biography into a charming meditation on the relationship between father and son . . . a moving account of one man's life that serves as a fascinating reflection on conflicts between religion and politics, homeland and exile, the past and the present * * The Skinny * *

ISBN: 9781786898982

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 20mm

Weight: 226g

336 pages

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