By Kader Abdolah
A hypnotic page-turner in regards to the grinding gears of old switch and ruthless palace intrigue in Persia, c. 1848.
The King, younger Shah Naser, takes to the throne of Persia at a turning element of heritage: he inherits an enchanted medieval global of harems, eunuchs, and treasures in addition to a palace of mystery doorways, surprising deaths, and hidden agendas. in the court docket is hazard sufficient: outdoor all demeanour of switch threatens—industrialization, colonization. Russia and England conspire to open the King’s empire; his mom and his vizier take opposing aspects. The bad King—almost an actual modern of Queen Victoria—is trapped. He likes a few elements of modernity (electricity, images) yet can’t embody democracy. He needs to be a sovereign: he needs to preserve 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 considering that 1988.
He studied physics on the Arak university of technology and fled the rustic as a political refugee in 1988. this present day he lives in Delft (The Netherlands), writing less than a pseudonym made from the names of 2 murdered buddies. Het huis van de moskee (The condo of the Mosque), catapulted Abdolah into the Dutch bestseller lists.
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