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The King

(2014)
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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 emigre 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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Hardback Editions

September 2014 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The King: A Novel
Author(s): Kader Abdolah
ISBN: 0-8112-2373-6 / 978-0-8112-2373-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Paperback Editions

October 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The King: A Novel
Author(s): Kader Abdolah
ISBN: 0-8112-2485-6 / 978-0-8112-2485-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The King
Author(s): Kader Abdolah
ISBN: 0-85786-296-0 / 978-0-85786-296-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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January 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The King
Author(s): Kader Abdolah
ISBN: 0-85786-297-9 / 978-0-85786-297-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The King
Author(s): Kader Abdolah
ISBN: 0-85786-295-2 / 978-0-85786-295-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The King: A Novel
Author(s): Kader Abdolah
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   

January 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The King
Author(s): Kader Abdolah
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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