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Disoriental
Disoriental | Négar Djavadi
WINNER: Le Prix du Roman News, Style Prize, Lire Best Debut Novel 2016, la Porte Dor�e Prize Kimi� Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimi� is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them. In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph. Yet it is Kimi� herself--punk-rock aficionado, storyteller extraordinaire, a Scheherazade of our time, and above all a modern woman divided between family traditions and her own "disorientalization"--who forms the heart of this bestselling and beloved novel.
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alisonrose
Disoriental | Négar Djavadi
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Such an emotional and heavy read, truly heart wrenching at times, but beautifully written. The way the author wove the present and past together was really well done, though I admit I did have a little trouble following at times and keeping everyone clear in my mind. I loved how much we learn about Iran, its modern history and the people, and how honest it felt whether her views were positive or negative. Love the queer rep, too, mais oui. 4/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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I think of my body as my only country, my only homeland, and I will draw its contours the way I want them.

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alisonrose
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I‘m always chasing after the present. But the present doesn‘t exist. It‘s only an intermission, a temporary respite, which might at any moment be swept away, destroyed, pulverized, by the escaped djinns of the past.

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alisonrose
Disoriental | Négar Djavadi

Because to really integrate into a culture, I can tell you that you have to disintegrate first, at least partially, from your own. You have to separate, detach, dissociate. No one who demands that immigrants make “an effort at integration” would dare look them in the face and ask them to start by making the necessary “effort at disintegration.” They‘re asking people to stand atop a mountain without climbing up it first.

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alisonrose
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alisonrose
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“Yes, of course—in a few months,” I‘d said, in a voice so phony that every time I think about it I want to run far away and die.

[The perma-mood of crippling anxiety.]

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alisonrose
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Europa editions have some of the most beautiful covers ever. The simplicity, the colors, the French flaps...love it. Haven‘t seen many people talk about this one, but what I have seen has been pretty universally positive!

ManyWordsLater Great one for pride month! 1mo
alisonrose @ManyWordsLater 👌🏻🏳️‍🌈☺️ 1mo
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Booksnchill
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Congratulations to Europa editions. I own this so must move it up the stack!

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Lindy
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Disoriental by Négar Djavadi and translated by Tina Kover (Europa Editions) won the Bisexual fiction award at the Lammys last night. ??? #LGBTQ #translation

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translationspod
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Highly recommend Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (translated by Tina A. Kover)

#WomenInTranslation #TranslatedLiterature #QueerLiterature

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CouronneDhiver
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It took awhile to get into the non linear “groove” of this story but it was 100% worth it ... my most stimulating read of the year so far!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Translation #Iran 🇮🇷 #France 🇫🇷
#Saga #Historical #LGBT

#BookRiotTBR

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CouronneDhiver
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Wow. ❤️

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CouronneDhiver
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Trying out the #Kobo app because my library copy is overdue... and this book is too good to miss! 🥰

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CouronneDhiver
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Girl power! 😂

wordzie 😁❤❤ 4mo
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CouronneDhiver
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Lunch break 🥪🥗🥛

I‘m determined to get through this book in the next couple days! My #BookRiotTBR feedback is due soon

Ashley_Nicoletto So is mine! Thankfully I requested novellas so I still have two to read but they are short. 5mo
CouronneDhiver Oh, that‘s a good idea! I should do the same 🤓👍 @Ashley_Nicoletto 5mo
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CouronneDhiver
Disoriental | Négar Djavadi
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This cat is being impossible... 🖤🙄

#KAL #Stella #CatsOfLitsy

rubyslippersreads 😹😹😹 5mo
Reagan-reads Haha I know that face! 5mo
wanderinglynn 😹 They get so demanding when they want something! ❤️🐱 5mo
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Susanita Paws on your leg, arm, face... 5mo
Susannah That picture is CLASSIC. 🤣 5mo
BookNAround Bwahahaha! 5mo
Velvetfur Aaawww too cute! 5mo
julesG 😂😂😂 5mo
britt_brooke 😆 5mo
Melissa_J I love your cat 🐈 (and I‘m not a cat person) 5mo
TNbookworm 😹😻 5mo
Leftcoastzen 🤣😻I‘m getting a bit of that at my house! 5mo
hermyknee Impossible but sooooo cuuuuute 💖💖💖 5mo
Amiable This is hysterical! 😸 5mo
CouronneDhiver yep. she‘s kooky but i love her 🖤😆 @TNbookworm @Leftcoastzen @hermyknee @Amiable 4mo
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CouronneDhiver
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Finally ready to dive into this book... and this introduction is wildly compelling! 😊

kgriffith I was just going through my open tabs in safari on my phone and came across this book from when I‘d looked it up after stacking it 😊 5mo
mcipher This sucked me right in.... 5mo
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vivastory
Disoriental | Négar Djavadi
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Using the Marie Kondo method I quickly discovered nothing in my office was bringing me joy, & I made a beeline to the library where I found some new friends.

tpixie Lol 😂 great job!!! 5mo
saresmoore Excellent choice. I‘ve contemplated making a similar escape from my adult obligations, but I fear DCF would feel compelled to cast judgment on my decision... 5mo
Kalalalatja That‘s the way to do it 😂😂 5mo
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vivastory @batsy @saresmoore & @readordierachel the tagged book sounds excellent & like something you'd both like. 5mo
saresmoore It‘s already on my list! Let us know what you think if you get to it. 5mo
Becker Love your interpretation of the Kondo message😀 5mo
readordierachel Lol! (Oh, that does sound good. Stacking!) 5mo
sprainedbrain Nice work!! 😂 5mo
LeahBergen 😂😂 5mo
batsy Thank you! It appears like @saresmoore I've already stacked it :) (I like the way you Kondo 😆) 5mo
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 5mo
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CouronneDhiver
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#NextUp (from my #BookRiotTBR list) + Snow ❄️ + Mondayest Friday Ever at Work

Yep, still feeling sassy 😏

Schnoebs All the sass 🙌🙌🙌 6mo
Branwen Unleash the sass! 😁👍💕 6mo
C.Perone Mondayest...Love it!! Look @Andrew65 A new word for our collection! 😁 6mo
Andrew65 @C.Perone We add to our Litsy dictionary, Yey! 😊 6mo
CouronneDhiver Oh man - I‘ve got lots of sass today. It started with finishing a bad book last night and just kept going. 🤦🏽‍♀️ @Schnoebs @Branwen 6mo
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Lesliereads
Disoriental | Négar Djavadi
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It was very challenging to leave this one behind at the bookstore, today. I put it on hold.

batsy It's on my list. Sounds really interesting and that gorgeous cover! 6mo
Lesliereads @batsy 💜💜 6mo
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translationspod
Disoriental | Négar Djavadi
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Episode 8 is now live: Lauren and I talk about our favourite translations of the year. Hint the picture depicts some picks.

Link in the bio

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Abailliekaras
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Annie & I discuss Disoriental in our latest episode of Books On The Go 🎧. Twentieth-century Iran is the setting for this family saga. A lyrical book which has won numerous awards. Have you read it? Let us know what you think! 📚🇮🇷 #womenintranslation

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I have this book. Really want to get to it soon! 7mo
Abailliekaras @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it! 7mo
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Lindy
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When Anna said the word “house,” I felt a yearning so violent that I could have sat down and cried. That‘s the tragedy of exile. Thing, as well as people, still exist, but you have to think of them as dead.

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Lindy
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It shocks Westerners that sex changes are legal in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In our culture, the important thing is to be SOMETHING; to fall into one category or another & follow its rules. Transexuality exists because there is something worse than being transsexual, & that‘s being homosexual.

AlaMich I knew about that, and it seems soooo bizarre to me. You‘d almost think there would be nothing worse for them than a man asserting that he was a woman. 7mo
Lindy @AlaMich Yes, this issue comes up in a YA novel: 7mo
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Lindy
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November covers. I have to interrupt my work on a blog post about this month‘s favourite books because I‘m going out for supper and then to a book launch at my local independent bookstore. 😊

saresmoore Enjoy! 7mo
Lindy @saresmoore Thanks! It was very nice. 7mo
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Lindy
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Kaleidoscopic storytelling swirls through the entire 20th century history of Iran, as well as four generations of a Persian family, all as context for the punk rock lesbian main character, living in exile in Paris where she has to lie in order to receive treatment at a fertility clinic. I was totally engrossed in this delightful #translation by Tina Kover. #LGBTQ

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Lindy
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A passage in this novel—MC watches TV coverage of Khomeini returning to Iran in January 1979 after exile in Paris—hit me with my own memory of the only time I was in Iran. In October 1978, on a plane from Paris to Dhaka (enroute to Sri Lanka), we landed in Teheran at night for refueling. We were not allowed to disembark, but I was 18, so I scooted down the stairs, touched the tarmac & zipped back inside. The sight of fighter jets sobered me.

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Lindy
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On the Sadr family tree, a majestic thing with a broad trunk & graceful branches hand-drawn in the style of a Persian miniature (Uncle Number 2 used to have a beautiful one of those in his house), only the male heirs are shown.
Me to Bibi one day: “Why don‘t they put girls on the family tree? We exist, don‘t we?”
Bibi: “You think you exist, little one, but you don‘t.”

Lcsmcat 😢 7mo
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Lindy
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Uncle # 6‘s first name, Pirouz, meant Victorious. When she learned—with horror, I imagine—that she was pregnant again, Mother had immediately began heaving an enormous sack of rice around the courtyard, hoping to provoke a miscarriage. But the baby, who was a strategist even then, clung to his mother‘s womb. In just a few months he grew so large that she was forced to abandon the bag of rice & take to her bed. He was born […] victoriously …

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Lindy
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To really integrate into a culture, I can tell you that you have to disintegrate first, at least partially, from your own. You have to separate, detach, disassociate. No one who demands that immigrants make “an effort at integration” would dare look them in the face & ask them to start by making the necessary “effort at disintegration.” They‘re asking people to stand atop the mountain without climbing up it first.

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Abailliekaras
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A rich novel telling the story of Kimia‘s family in Iran. It reads like a memoir with many digressions and circling around & back to key events. Gives a real sense of being in Iran & the writing & translation are lyrical. But I found it a slow read, weighed down with confusing facts & without dramatic tension. She has a sense of irony but the tone is flat. A beautiful, valuable book, just not a style that I enjoy.

Reviewsbylola Beautiful cover. 8mo
saresmoore @Lindy just posted about this book, too. Methinks I might give it a try! (edited) 8mo
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Lindy
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“He went to America?!”
“That‘s what I just said.”
“What does he do over there?”
“What do you think he does? He‘s a Sadr. He shakes his little pipe and makes babies.”

(Internet photo stand-in especially in honour of @LauraBeth ‘s Bitsy)

LauraBeth 😂😂Love this! 8mo
Soubhiville 😂🤣😂 hilarious! 8mo
saresmoore Just to be clear, I very intentionally chose *this* post to stack the book. 8mo
Lindy @saresmoore Yes! 🐶🌭 8mo
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Lindy
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I have become—as I‘m sure everyone does who has left his or her country—someone else. Someone who has translated myself into other cultural codes. Firstly in order to survive & then to go beyond survival & forge a future for myself. And since it is a generally acknowledged idea that something is lost in translation, it should come as no surprise that we unlearn—at least partially—what we used to be, to make room for what we have become.

RaimeyGallant Lovely. 8mo
Lindy @RaimeyGallant The ideas in this novel make my brain light up. Djavadi has me looking at the world in a new way. 8mo
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Lindy
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Iranians don‘t like solitude or silence (any noise other than the human voice, even the blaring horns of a traffic jam, is considered silence). If Robinson Crusoe had been Iranian, he would have let himself die the minute he got to the island, and the story would have been over.

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Lindy
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What perfect serendipity to read these concurrently. Both are by queer authors, writing about experiences of exile and how global politics have shaped individual lives. Both are 5-star reads. As you may notice from all the flags on Disoriental, I have much more to say about it!

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Lindy
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I devoted myself to studying the way he handled the shaving brush and razor, trying to memorize his technique so I could duplicate it when I was a grown-up. Basically, before other developments occurred, I knew I was a girl—but I was sure that, when I grew up, I would become not a woman, but a man.

(Author photo from Internet)

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Liberty
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Made a visit to see my friends at Print: A Bookstore today. SPOILER: I bought books. I didn‘t plan for the colors to match so well, it just happened!📚❤️🤘🏻

DGRachel Serendipity. 😍 9mo
SexyCajun Serafina was good! (edited) 9mo
balletbookworm Ooh, giantdays: extra credit!! Forgot that one was coming out 9mo
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ManyWordsLater
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“Survival is a very personal matter”
I read this book a month ago but this line keeps coming back to me.
This concept for survival as a starting point sheds a whole new light on old problems.
Think about it in terms of poverty or feelings towards outsiders. If survival is personal one can‘t trust others to act in a civilized manner when they are in distress, so those not in distress can justify cruel actions.
#femaleauthor #europaeditions

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ManyWordsLater
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ManyWordsLater
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Last read of the #pride month. Excited for this new release. #queerlit #queer #aroundtheworld #immigrant #weareallimmigrants

ephemeralwaltz Europa covers are so beautiful; 13mo
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rmaclean4
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This also followed me home today. Union Avenue Books in Knoxville has some great recommendations. Has anyone read this beauty by Europa?

ManyWordsLater Just started it! 13mo
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ManyWordsLater
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What helps with the myriad feelings of #moving? A book haul of course!
Living with my parents for the past week (and most of this next one too) has been a bit disorienting, to say the least. So obviously when I was at my shift at @housingworksbks I couldn‘t resist these treasures. I also put two back and made my friend buy one so I wouldn‘t. 📚🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️
#aroundtheworld

ephemeralwaltz I'm jealous of your Europa editions. Nice stack and nice posts! Thanks for the follow🌟 1y
Tonton Wonderful choices 13mo
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