Reading Club: Diasporic Fictions – Disoriental by Négar Djavadi

Free admission
Date and time
Thursday, November 5, 2020 to Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 6 PM to 7 PM

Join the PHI Foundation Education team as we read and discuss novels related to our upcoming exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting.

At the Reading Club, we will informally exchange about different themes in the books that reflect the complexities and the plurality of voices of the diasporas.

Each participant will be responsible for getting their own copy. We encourage you, whenever possible, to support your independent local bookstores. 

The fourth and last novel that will be discussed is Négar Djavadi’s Disoriental.

These events will be bilingual, in French and English.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 6 PM (EST)
Zoom: 959 7452 3075 | Password: phibook401
Pages to read: Side A (pp. 11-223)

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 6 PM (EST)
Zoom: 968 0999 4985 | Password: phibook402
Pages to read: Side B (pp. 225-335)

Duration: 60 min

About Disoriental
Kimiâ 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 and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to 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.

It is Kimiâ 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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