Early in Iranian political exile Kader Abdolah’s The King, a character introduces the shah of Persia to a secret trove of Indian jewels with the line, “Welcome to history.” It’s a statement whose simplicity and grandeur apply equally to the book itself, which Abdolah relates in the manner of an ancient legend, even as it dramatizes the very real history of nineteenth century Persia. As with his prior novel, a sensation in his adopted country of Holland set amid the Iranian Revolution, Abdolah finds his way into the grey areas of political process and imperial luxury through prose whose light tread accumulates substantial moral force. At the center is an indelible portrait of the young Shah Naser, an anti-hero adrift in a confusing world of inchoate democracy, unreadable colonialists, and awesome, awesome electric lights.

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ISBN: 9780811223737
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 9th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780811224857
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 27th, 2015

If the cover of People of the Twenty-First Century makes an immediate visual statement, the rest of this book is the ensuing manifesto. Each page captures between fifteen minutes and three hours in the life of a variety of global street corners, during which time Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom does more than merely chronicle the parade of humanity. He observes very particular recurring forms with unnerving precision, from Parisian women in leopard-print coats to Amsterdam men in trademark "Rolling Stones tongue" t-shirts to Shanghai commuters biking in ponchos. Unlike in his precursor August Sander’s People of the Twentieth Century, Eijkelboom never defines these archetypes, as they’re not immediately meaningful categories that he creates. The arrangements of people do nag at you, though, whether that twinge is uneasiness or witty pleasure at the repetitions of collective, consumer life. Either way, the book is a remarkable act of hypnosis.

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By Hans Eijkelboom, David Carrier (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780714867151
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 2nd, 2014

Nell Zink’s public debut might look small, unassuming, pastel, but it’s among the more caustic and lingering books you’re likely to encounter. A young woman named Tiffany weds a young man whom she barely knows, follows his environmental activist career to Switzerland, tries to “be young”, tries to “be married”, and, most of all, tries to maintain that certain strain of rebelliousness that takes exception to the very narratives of what it means to be a rebel. No character is safe from the scorn that results from such emotional gymnastics, least of all Tiffany herself, nor is anyone ineligible for reconsideration given the right circumstances. Without calling attention to broad shifts in perspective, Zink lets her lead grow in spite of, or maybe because of, her obstinate adherence to hilarious meanness, as time passes in a chapterless smear from paragraph to paragraph. The Wallcreeper builds to a final line that, banal on its own, is overwhelming in context, as the novel, in a move anticipated by every suddenly shattering event from the preceding 190 pages, drops out from under you.

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ISBN: 9780989760713
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 1st, 2014