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Tale of social turbulence in rural Iran

My Father’s Notebook, by Kader Abdolah, Canongate Books, €16.05.

29th April, 2006

My Father’s Notebook, by Kader Abdolah, Canongate Books, €16.05.

The first 100 pages of Kader Abdolah’s novel - as translated by Susan Massotty - could be telling a story hundreds of years old. It talks of births, deaths and marriages, of fairytales and religious fervour, of families and secrets. This does not last, as political and social change rock its idyllic setting.

Aga Akbar is a deaf-mute growing up in rural Iran,...

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