A Curse on Dostoevsky

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5.53 X 8.35 X 0.71 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author
Atiq Rahimi was born in Afghanistan in 1962 and fled to France in 1984, where he has become an award-winning author (2008 Prix Goncourt) and filmmaker (2004 Prix un certain regard, Cannes). The film adaptation of his novel The Patience Stone, which he co-wrote and directed, was selected as the Afghan entry for the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. In recent years, he has returned to Afghanistan many times to set up a writers' house in Kabul and offer support and training to young writers and filmmakers. He lives in Paris.

Polly McLean is a freelance translator from Oxford, England. Winner of the 2009 Scott Moncrieff Prize, she has translated titles by Catherine Deneuve and Sylvia Kristel, as well as the award-winning Secret by Philippe Grimbert.

"A darkly comic meditation on life in a lawless land...In restrained prose, Rahimi explores both the personal and the political; it's both in dialogue with a classic and is daringly outspoken." --Publishers Weekly

"In a rare imaginative feat, Rahimi renews many of Dostoevsky's original psychological insights and opens piercing new ones. Unforgettable." --Booklist (Starred) Review

"Rahimi does a masterful job both in echoing Dostoevsky and in updating the moral complexities his protagonist both creates and faces." --Kirkus

"Rahimi turns his attention to Crime and Punishment and juxtaposes literature against the Muslim world in Kabul, the themes of civil war, chaos, sin, guilt and redemption for Afghani women again being the theme. 'Crime without punishment?'" --Electric Literature

"Atiq Rahimi brilliantly re-imagines Crime and Punishment and, in a daring feat of creative panache, transplants Dostoevsky's classic morality tale to modern-day Afghanistan. This is easily Rahimi's most imaginative and complex work yet, and should cement his reputation as a writer of great and unique vision." --Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

"Atiq Rahimi, like the great story tellers of Afghanistan, is a master of using a small moment to tell the sweeping story of the pain and loss of war. In A Curse on Dostoevsky he yet again imprints images in the memory, as he captures both the unspeakable absurdity of the Afghan civil war and the ingenious ways Afghans have found to move beyond it." --Qais Akbar Omar, author of A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story

"A Curse on Dostoevsky is a dark window into a troubled land, and the imprints that land leaves on an individual soul. For that point alone, it is worth reading." -The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Here, Atiq Rahimi sings an incandescent, raging story, which dissects, in a highly sensitive way, the chaos of his homeland and the contradictions of his people." --L'Express

"In the light of the Russian writer, [Rahimi] describes his country so that we may understand it like we never have before. His latest novel isn't only breathless, beautiful, and strong, it is indispensable...He dared--and succeeded." --Le Point