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My father's notebook : a novel

Author: Kader Abdolah; Susan Massotty
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Aga Akbar, the youngest of seven children and the illegitimate son of a Persian nobleman, is a deaf-mute. He makes use of a rudimentary sign language to get by in the world, but his deepest thoughts and feelings go unexpressed. Hoping to free the boy from his emotional confinement, his uncle asks him to visit a cave on nearby Saffron Mountain and to copy a three-thousand-year-old cuneiform inscription -- an order of
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kader Abdolah; Susan Massotty
ISBN: 0060598719 9780060598716
OCLC Number: 59002565
Description: 325 p. ; 24 cm.
Other Titles: Spijkerschrift.
Responsibility: Kader Abdolah ; translated from the Dutch by Susan Massotty.
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Aga Akbar, the youngest of seven children and the illegitimate son of a Persian nobleman, is a deaf-mute. He makes use of a rudimentary sign language to get by in the world, but his deepest thoughts and feelings go unexpressed. Hoping to free the boy from his emotional confinement, his uncle asks him to visit a cave on nearby Saffron Mountain and to copy a three-thousand-year-old cuneiform inscription -- an order of the first king of Persia and the destination of many pilgrimages.

Aga Akbar uses these cuneiform characters to fill his notebook with writings only he can understand. Years later, his political-dissident son, Ishmael, has been forced to flee Iran. From his new home in the Netherlands, he attempts to translate the notebook, and in the process he tells his father's story, his own story, and the story of twentieth-century Iran -- from the building of the first railroad to the struggles for power among the shah, the communists, and the mullahs, and ending with the revolution.

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