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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date September 9, 2014
Pages 385
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811223737
ISBN-10 0811223736
Dimensions 1.50 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $24.95
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A hypnotic page-turner about the grinding gears of historical change and ruthless palace intrigue in Persia, c. 1848.

The King, young Shah Naser, takes to the throne of Persia at a turning point of history: he inherits an enchanted medieval world of harems, eunuchs, and treasures as well as a palace of secret doors, sudden deaths, and hidden agendas. Within the court is danger enough: outside all manner of change threatens―industrialization, colonization.  Russia and England conspire to open the King’s empire; his mother and his vizier take opposing sides. The poor King―almost an exact contemporary of Queen Victoria―is trapped.  He likes some aspects of modernity (electricity, photography) but can’t embrace democracy. He must be a sovereign: he must keep his throne. The King cannot face change and he cannot escape it.

With this gleaming and seemingly simple story, breathlessly paced and beautifully told, Kader Abdolah, the acclaimed Iranian émigré novelist, speaks of deeper truths. A novel which has many timely things to say about eras of change and upheaval, The King is an unforgettable book.

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Hardcover
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With Kader Abdolah | from New Directions (September 9, 2014)
9780811223737 | details & prices | 385 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $24.95
About: A hypnotic page-turner about the grinding gears of historical change and ruthless palace intrigue in Persia, c.
Paperback
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With Kader Abdolah | from New Directions (October 27, 2015)
9780811224857 | details & prices | 385 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $16.95
With Kader Abdolah | from Canongate Books Ltd (January 16, 2014)
9780857862952 | details & prices | 430 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.30 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $25.30

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