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Broadening horizons: the best new fiction in translation

Author: Marta Bausells
Newspaper: The Guardian
Date: May 22 2019
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/22/broadening-horizons-the-best-new-fiction-in-translation

Disoriental, by Iranian author Négar Djavadi and translated by Tina Kover, is an award-winning multigenerational novel that winds together the history of Iran with questions of identity and belonging as the protagonist builds a life in modern Paris. Djavadi skilfully tells the story through vignettes which, like memories, come in nonlinear waves. As she proceeds to “disorientalise” and detach herself from family tradition, she feels her sense of otherness in the west.