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My Father's Notebook (2000)
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When he was a boy, Aga Akbar, the deaf-mute illegitimate son of a Persian nobleman, traveled with his uncle to a cave on nearby Saffron Mountain. Once there, he was to copy a three-thousand-year-old cuneiform inscription—an order of the first king of Persia—as a means of freeing himself from his emotional confinement. For the remainder of his life, Aga Akbar used these cuneiform characters to fill a notebook with writings only he could understand. Years later, his son, Ishmael—a political dissident in exile—is attempting to translate the notebook . . . and in the process tells his father's story, his own, and the story of twentieth-century Iran.
A stunning and ambitious novel by a singular literary talent, My Father's Notebook is at once a masterful chronicle of a culture's troubled voyage into modernity and the poignant, timeless tale of a son's enduring love.
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"Exiled in Europe, and separated from all he loves most, rebel Ishmael confronts his family's biggest mystery - who was the man who was his father? The only clue is the strange notebook his father, Aga Akbar, left behind - a book written in his own private script." "As Ishmael struggles to decipher his father's story, a tale worthy of Scheherezade emerges. It tells of a carpet-weaver from the depths of rural Persia; a deaf mute who leaves his beloved home to try and give his family a better life in modern Tehran; a man passionately devoted to his children, who is eventually brought down by their dangerous politics."--BOOK JACKET.
An edition of this book was published by Canongate Books.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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