I’ve started reading a novel called The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah. It caught my eye as I walked into Book World at Dubai Mall last month.
It’s set in Iran in the 1950s. It was written in 2005 and translated into English in 2010. The writing style is succinct and seems to find the right balance between austere and flowery. The narrative voice is interesting and is already quite personal, but the third-person omniscient narrator mode feels a bit passé, a bit like a school teacher.
Very enjoyable though. Let’s see where the author takes this narrative voice.