The elders in a prominent Iranian family have always consigned certain belongings to posterity in a hidden crypt underneath their city’s mosque. The House of the Mosque has ratings and reviews. Vera said: I could not engage with this at all, and got rather annoyed with it. I found this w. Abdolah, Kader. (Het huis van de moskee). Albanian / transl. from Dutch by n.n.. Tirana: Fan Noli, since juni Fiction, Original title: Het huis van de moskee.

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Abdolah’s revolutionary judge, who is called Khalkhal, is not a patch on the bucolic and farcical Sadeq Khalkhali of history.

I can say no more than read this book, I am tempted to open the book and start all over again. I think you would like it. This site is archived at. Author interview now available at http: It’s a critique of fundamentalism, which is good but did not go far enough for me. One of the strengths of the novel is that it carries the reader along, through a series of vignettes of small town life Fellini, were he still alive, could work hous with a film versionthat keeps its eye on the big picture feminism, the tension between institutional religion, power and popular faith without ever sounding like a history or sociology lesson.

All these daily dramas are played out under the watchful eyes of the storks that nest on the minarets above.

The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah

These events impact on the family in disastrous ways. The first half abdilah the book introduces you to the huge family, its servants and some of the locals in a very fable like way. All the best, Stu. Today he lives in Delft The Netherlandswriting under a pseudonym made up of the names of two murdered friends.


But this family will experience upheaval unknown to previous generations. Yet in Iran, where the government insists, for example, that protester Neda Agha Soltan was shot by her friends, there is already more than enough fable.

The first, and least objectionable, is where a historical figure passes in silence through the story, as when the Empress Farah comes to Senejan to open a clinic and a cinema, and is met with a demonstration. Cancel reply Enter your comment here You library is amazing so am sure they can get you a copy if not now then as soon as its out. I hate to think of half a million Dutch readers mistaking all that for history. So this one gets added to the wishlist. I actually found this book captivating.

Cat on Savidge Reads at the Man Booke…. They really humanize the Iranian people. The Iranian revolution features.

Does the world really need yet another big male-written sweeping epic? My TBR is growing with your recommendations!! Mike rated it did not like it Jul 24, Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: February 17, at 3: Lisa Hill on May 31, at One of the members of our book group is from Iran; I must ask him if he has read this and, if so, what he thinks of it.


Kader Abdolah now writes in Dutch and is the author huse several novels, including My Father’s Notebook also published by Canongate and two collections of short stories, as well as works of non-fiction. The house of the mosque – Iran – novel discussion 65 63 Mar 04, Andrea on behalf of Canongate. Igoni Barrett 1 A. Onto the wish list it goes. I have it in Spanish. You are abdolahh using your WordPress. Not available to order from this website, please try another retailer.

February 17, at 2: None of it straight forward and all of it complex. The original of this novel has sold in its hundreds of thousands in the Netherlands, while an Italian critic has compared Abdolah, in his mastery of an alien literary language, to Nabokov and Conrad.

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Johannes rated it did not like it Jan 25, See 2 questions about The House of the Mosque…. Ali Hashemi Gheinani Yes!

While a student of physics in Tehran, he joined a secret leftist party that fought against the dictatorship of the shah og the subsequent dictatorship of the ayatollahs. I remember that I enjoyed reading it.

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