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Kader Abdolah

Kader Abdolah
Kader Abdolah in October 2008
Born (1954-11-12) 12 November 1954
Arak, Iran
Language Dutch, Persian
Education physics
Alma mater University of Teheran
Kader Abdolah and his daughter Bahar Abdolah.

Kader Abdolah (Persian: قادر عبدالله, born 12 November 1954 in Arak, Iran) is a Persian–Dutch writer, poet and columnist. He has written books and many articles in Dutch and is known for using Persian literary items in his Dutch works. He regularly appears on Dutch TV channels as well.

Kader Abdolah is the pen name of Hossein Sadjadi Ghaemmaghami Farahani (Persian: حسین سجادی قائم‌مقامی فراهانی).


  • Career 1
  • Books 2
  • Honours and awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Kader Abdolah studied physics in Tehran and graduated in 1977. In the same year he joined the left-wing movement opposing the Shah – and later the Khomeini – regimes. He fled to the Netherlands as a political refugee in 1988. In 2006 he was writer in residence at Leiden University. Today he lives in Delft, writing under a pseudonym composed of the names of two executed friends.

Het huis van de moskee (The House of the Mosque) catapulted Abdolah onto the Dutch bestseller lists. It was voted second best Dutch novel ever in the Netherlands. The English translation was released worldwide in January 2010.


  • 1993 – De adelaars
  • 1995 – De meisjes en de partizanen
  • 1997 – De reis van de lege flessen
  • 1998 – Mirza
  • 2000 – Spijkerschrift (English trans.2006 "My Father's Notebook")
  • 2001 – De koffer
  • 2001 – Een tuin in zee
  • 2002 – Kélilé en Demné
  • 2002 – Sophia's droë vrugte
  • 2003 – Portretten en een oude droom
  • 2003 – Karavaan
  • 2005 – Het huis van de moskee (The House of the Mosque)[1]
  • 2008 – De boodschapper en de Koran (Two volumes sold together: De boodschapper (The messenger) – about the life of the prophet Mohammed and Abdolah's Dutch translation of the Koran)
  • 2011 – De koning
  • 2011 – De kraai
  • 2014 – Papegaai vloog over de IJssel

Honours and awards


  1. ^ Akbar, Arifa (8 January 2010). "The House of the Mosque, By Kader Abdolah trans Susan Massotty". The Independent (London). 
  2. ^ "E. du Perronprijs 2000" (in Dutch).  
  3. ^ a b "Kader Abdolah – De koning en de kraai". Nederlandse Grondwet (in Dutch). Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties ( 
  4. ^ """Kader Abdolah "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. French Embassy in The Hague. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  5. ^ Luc van Kemenade (October 2008). "Universiteit eert Kader Abdolah met eredoctoraat" (in Dutch).  
  6. ^ "Kader Abdolah schrijft Boekenweekgeschenk 2011" (in Dutch). Stichting Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 

External links

  • Kader Abdolah at UC Berkeley: Literature as Resistance: Role of Clandestine Literature in Dictatorships like Iran
  • "Kader Abdolah – Biography". Nederlands Literair Productie- en Vertalingenfonds (Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, NLPVF). 6 February 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  • G.J. van Bork (2004). "Abdolah, Kader" (in Nederlands). Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren (  
  • "Kader Abdolah" (in Nederlands). Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren (  
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