—Kate Saunders, The Times Literary Supplement
The King tells the story of the formation of modern Iran, in the graceful style of The Arabian Nights—there are no genies or flying carpets, but there are wicked queens, sumptuous palaces and enormous jewels.
—Azadeh Moaveni, The Financial Times
The King probes questions of power and authority through wry fable – Salman Rushdie’s Shamemeets Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall
—The Independent (UK)
A dramatic tale of a later ruler and his heroic, if often brutal, battles. The King is a modern epic.
The King is utterly fabulous in both senses of the word: a sly, witty, knowing fable, full of charm and humor. Deceptively simple in its storytelling, it reads like one of Angela Carter’s fairy tales transposed into the nineteenth-century Qajar Persian court. Kader Abdolah is a masterful and completely addictive storyteller.