My Father's Notebook

My Father's Notebook

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On a holy mountain in the depths of Persia there is a cave with a mysterious cuneiform carving deep inside it. Aga Akbar, a deaf-mute boy from the mountain, develops his own private script from these symbols and writes passionately of his life, his family and his efforts to make sense of the changes the twentieth century brings to his country.Exiled in Holland a generation later, Akbar's son Ishmael struggles to decipher the notebook, reflecting how his own political activities have forced him to flee his country and abandon his family. As he gets closer to the heart of his father's story, he unravels the intricate tale of how the silent world of a village carpet-mender was forced to give way to one where the increasingly hostile environment of modern Iran has brought the family both love and more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 21mm | 330g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1921145196
  • 9781921145193

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`What grabs the reader is the incredible intimacy of the characters, the warmth of the relationships, the innate solidarity, the empathy of Iranians, who are no strangers to suffering.' * Paris Match * `My Father's Notebook is spiced with poetry, myths and tales of Sufi wisdom from Persian classics and tinged with the pain of struggle and exile. It is a timeless story of a son's love for his father.' * Sunday Tasmanian * `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: information is withheld so that we gradually discover the background to Ishmael's exile.' * Guardian *show more

About Kader Abdolah

Kader Abdolah was born in Iran in 1954. While studying physics in Tehran, he joined a secret leftist party that fought against the dictatorship of the Shah and the subsequent dictatorship of the ayatollahs. He wrote for an illegal journal and clandestinely published two books in Iran. In 1988 he arrived in the Netherlands as a political refugee at the invitation of the UN. He now writes in Dutch and is the author of two collections of short stories and a number of works of non-fiction. 'Kader Abdolah' is a pen-name adopted in memory of friends who died under the currrent Iranian more

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