By Kader Abdolah

A hypnotic page-turner in regards to the grinding gears of historic switch and ruthless palace intrigue in Persia, c. 1848.

The King, younger Shah Naser, takes to the throne of Persia at a turning aspect of historical past: he inherits an enchanted medieval international of harems, eunuchs, and treasures in addition to a palace of mystery doorways, surprising deaths, and hidden agendas. in the courtroom is risk sufficient: open air all demeanour of switch threatens—industrialization, colonization. Russia and England conspire to open the King’s empire; his mom and his vizier take opposing facets. The bad King—almost a precise modern of Queen Victoria—is trapped. He likes a few facets of modernity (electricity, images) yet can’t embody democracy. He needs to be a sovereign: he needs to hold his throne. The King can't face switch and he can't break out it.

Kader Abdolah is the penname of Hossein Sadjadi Ghaemmaghami Farahani, an Iranian author who additionally writes in Dutch. Abdolah has lived within the Netherlands due to the fact 1988.

He studied physics on the Arak collage of technological know-how and fled the rustic as a political refugee in 1988. at the present time he lives in Delft (The Netherlands), writing lower than a pseudonym made of the names of 2 murdered neighbors. Het huis van de moskee (The apartment of the Mosque), catapulted Abdolah into the Dutch bestseller lists.

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Instinctively he held her by the waist, caught the aroma of powder on her cheeks, noticed her large knees beneath the black of the evening dress, the gleam of one dark eye and her full lips in their red lipstick—this was a totally different woman sitting beside him now. In the dark theater, gazing at the glittering whiteness of the screen, where low-humming airships were flying, sweeping obliquely with wings widespread, they quietly conversed. ” he asked. “Alone. Speaking frankly, it’s horrible.

Scattered low and flat on the distant shore, the lights floated away. The ship stopped swaying. One might have thought that both passengers were sleeping, so motionless did they recline in the deck chairs. But they were not asleep; they were staring intently through the dusk at one another. ” And the other, the one with the straight shoulders, answered unhurriedly in the same tone, “Yes, to the Crimea and then some. ” “I recognized you immediately,” said the first. “And I recognized you, and also immediately,” answered the other.

Red. ” She noted it down on her pad and brought over a carafe of water from the adjoining table. He shook his head. “No, merci, I never drink water, or wine with water. ” she answered indifferently and went off for the vodka and herring. He watched her walk away—noted her smooth gait, the way her black dress swung back and forth as she moved. Yes, a polite tone mixed with apathy, all the mannerisms and bodily movements of the modest and conscientious waitress. But fine expensive shoes. Where did they come from?

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