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.

—Kate Saunders, The Times Literary Supplement

A hypnotic page-turner about historical change and ruthless palace intrigue in Persia, c. 1848

The King

Fiction by Kader Abdolah

Translated by Nancy Forest-Flier

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Paperback (published October 27, 2015)

ISBN
9780811223737
Price US
24.95
Price CN
27.95
Page Count
352

Ebook (published October 27, 2015)

ISBN
9780811223744

Kader Abdolah

Iranian-Dutch novelist

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.

—Kate Saunders, The Times Literary Supplement

The King probes questions of power and authority through wry fable – Salman Rushdie’s *Shame*meets Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall

—Azadeh Moaveni, The Financial Times

A dramatic tale of a later ruler and his heroic, if often brutal, battles. The King is a modern epic.

The Independent (UK)

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.

—William Dalrymple