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My Uncle Napoleonby Iraj Pezeshkzad
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The most beloved Iranian novel of the twentieth century
“God forbid, Ive fallen in love with Layli!” So begins the farce of our narrators life, one spent in a large extended Iranian family lorded over by the blustering, paranoid patriarch, Dear Uncle Napoleon. When Uncle Napoleons least-favorite nephew falls for his daughter, Layli, family fortunes are reversed, feuds fired up and resolved, and assignations attempted and thwarted.
First published in Iran in the 1970s and adapted into a hugely successful television series, this beloved novel is now “Suggested Reading” in Azar Nafisis Reading Lolita in Tehran. My Uncle Napoleon is a timeless and universal satire of first love and family intrigue.
Set in Tehran in the 1940s, this "masterpiece of contemporary world fiction" ("Baltimore Sun") tells the story of a large extended Iranian family presided over by a doddering and cranky patriarch, whom the children nickname RNapoleonS behind his back.
Widely regarded as the most important work of Iranian fiction of the last century, My Uncle Napoleon has been called A masterpiece of contemporary world fiction (Baltimore Sun). It's the story of a large extended family presided over by a doddering and cranky patriarch (think Don Quixote), whom the children nickname Napoleon behind his back. The narrator is a wise and exuberant teenage boy (think Sancho Panza) who has the misfortune to fall in love with Uncle Napoleon's much-protected daughter. Set in Tehran in the 1940s, the novel is a complex and unexpectedly comic portrait of daily Iranian life dominated by the universal themes of love, marriage, and family.
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