AUTHOR: Négar Djavadi
PUBLISHER: Europa Editions
AWARDS: BTBA Best Translated Book Award Nominee for Fiction Longlist (2019), PEN Translation Prize Nominee for Tina Kover (2019), Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction (2019), National Book Award Finalist for Translated Literature (2018), Prix du Style (2016), Prix Première (2017), International Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2020), Prix de l’Algue d’Or Nominee (2017)
by Négar Djavadi
Kimiâ 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, Kimiâ 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 Kimiâ 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.
A main character, Kimiâ, expresses attraction to people of multiple genders. Disoriental won the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction in 2019.