The elders in a prominent Iranian family have always consigned certain belongings to posterity in a hidden crypt underneath their city’s mosque. The House of the Mosque has ratings and reviews. Vera said: I could not engage with this at all, and got rather annoyed with it. I found this w. Abdolah, Kader. (Het huis van de moskee). Albanian / transl. from Dutch by n.n.. Tirana: Fan Noli, since juni Fiction, Original title: Het huis van de moskee.

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I picked this up at the library because I was intrigued by the subject matter. It would be interesting to travel there to see for myself, but they insist on women wearing the hijab, and I refuse to do that. The qbdolah is a bit clunky too.

There is apparently an erotic attraction to imams. Actually, the mosque has a fair bit of trouble with its imams.

There are marriages, births and deaths over three generations but tragedy erupts when the Ayatollah Komeini takes power in the Kadr. These events impact on the family in disastrous ways.

The House of the Mosque, by Kader Abdolah, Translated by Susan Masotty | ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

It is this second part of the novel which seemed to lose the narrative drive. All the best, Stu. One of the members of our book group is from Iran; I must ask him if he has read this and, if so, what he thinks of it.

Hi Stu, an Arab reading challenge! That would be a whole new literature to explore. Lisa Hill on May 29, at 7: Hi Lisa, Thank you for the mention.


The House of the Mosque – Kader Abdolah

But one question, my review was naive in what way? And that I guess is why I wagged my little tail so much over it. Rob on May 29, at 8: I was uneasy also about the way they caved in so quickly to being bullied e. It must be a very strange pyschological state to share some of the religious views of Islamic terrorists and possibly their anti-Western hostility too yet reject the suppression of women and the use of terrorism.

Lisa Hill on May 30, at Is that the challenge here: Tayeb Salih is posterboying it in their recommendations. DKS on May 29, at That looks like an interesting list, Deane — the ones that include a description as well, that is. Lisa Hill on May 29, at These two cartoon novels by this Iranian cartoonist are wonderful.

The entire books are cartoons, they do tell a story, and are easy to read.

They really humanize the Iranian people. I highly recommend these two books. The right-wing Christian fanatics are nearly the same as the right-wing Muslim fanatics.

House of the Mosque

Both want to return to the Dark Ages where women have no rights at all. Lisa Hill on May 31, at 6: I remember that I enjoyed reading it.

Yhe on May 31, at 9: Lisa Hill on May 31, at I actually checked them out of the Minneapolis Public Library. Wonders of technology, eh? Lisa Hill on June 1, at houwe Lisa Hill on June 2, at 6: I actually found this book captivating. I have lived in Iran headscarf, manteau and all with my husband and children.

I guess it transported me back a little and the abdilah thing, although the Guardian found the facts manipulatedwas that depending on whom you speak to in Iran those are pretty much badolah stories you hear depending who is pro shahpro revolutionpro Khomeini…each has a different story on what happened and what should have happened and their experiences of course will differ in the same circumstances.


None of it straight forward and all of it complex. For an example of Iranian culture that cannot possibly be blamed on the West, see http: Lisa Hill on July 9, at You are commenting using your WordPress. Tje are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify rhe of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. For details of the CAL licence for educational institutions contact: All inquiries should be made to the copyright owner Lisa Hill at anzlitloversatbigponddotcom or as attributed on individual blog posts.

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