My Uncle Napoleon
My Uncle Napoleon
Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812974430, 509pp.
Publication Date: April 11, 2006
God forbid, I ve fallen in love with Layli So begins the farce of our narrator's life, one spent in a large extended Iranian family lorded over by the blustering, paranoid patriarch, Dear Uncle Napoleon. When Uncle Napoleon's least-favorite nephew falls for his daughter, Layli, family fortunes are reversed, feuds fired up and resolved, and assignations attempted and thwarted.
First published in Iran in the 1970s and adapted into a hugely successful television series, this beloved novel is now Suggested Reading in Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran." My Uncle Napoleon is a timeless and universal satire of first love and family intrigue.
Dick Davis was born in Portsmouth, England. He is a professor of Persian at Ohio State University. He has published translations of prose from Italian and poetry and prose from Persian, and six books of his own poetry. His most recent collection, Belonging, was chosen by The Economist as a "Book of the Year" for 2002.
Azar Nafisi is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran "and" Things I ve Been Silent About." A passionate advocate of books and reading, she appears regularly on major media and speaks to packed audiences around the world. She lives in Washington, D.C.
“A gift both to readers fascinated by other cultures and to lovers of fiction for fiction’s sake.”
–The Washington Post Book World
Readers can gain a more balanced impression of Iran from this novel, which looks at life from the kind of humorous perspective few Westerners may associate with the current regime in that country.”
–The Christian Science Monitor
“A masterpiece of contemporary world fiction.”
“Howlingly funny . . . [a] tender, salacious and magical Iranian import.”
–Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A giddily uproarious mixture of farce and slapstick.”