Nancy Forest-Flier

Nancy Forest-Flier is an American-born translator, editor, and writer living and working in the Netherlands. Her writing has appeared in many British and American magazines, and she has translated novels by Truus Matti and Marleen Westera in addition to her work with Kader Abdolah.

The King

Fiction by Kader Abdolah

Translated from the Dutch by Nancy Forest-Flier

The King, young Shah Naser, succeeds to the throne of Persia at a turning point: he inherits an enchanted palace of harems, treasures, secret doors, sudden deaths, and hidden agendas. The court is dangerous enough, but outside all manner of change threatens—industrialization, colonization, and democratic ideals. Russia and England conspire to open the King’s empire; Shah Naser’s mother and vizier take opposing sides. The poor King is trapped. He likes some aspects of modernity (electricity, photography) but can’t embrace democracy.…
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