Disoriental – Négar Djarvadi


Yn 10 oed, gwnaeth Kimia Sadr ffoi o Iran gyda’i theulu i Ffrainc. Nawr yn bump ar hugain oed, gyda bywyd newydd a’r posibilrwydd o blentyn, mae Kimia yn boddi yn ei hatgofion ei hun ac yn straeon ei chyndeidiau, sy’n ei chyrraedd mewn ton ar ôl ton, heb ddim stop.

Kimia Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five, with a new life and the prospect of a child, Kimia is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which reach her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them.

In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph. Yet it is Kimia herself-punk-rock aficionado, storyteller extraordinaire, a Scheherazade of our time, and above all a modern woman divided between family traditions and her own “disorientalization”-who forms the heart of this bestselling and beloved novel.

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