Kader Abdolah arrived in the Netherlands from Iran in 1988 as a political refugee. He started to write in Dutch and became one of that country’s most acclaimed writers. His novels The House of the Mosque, The King and My Father’s Notebook have been translated into over 30 languages.
Here, in conversation with Joris Luyendijk he presents the English translations of two Dutch bestsellers: The Messenger and his translation of the Qur’an.
In his novel The Messenger, based upon the life of Muhammad, Abdolah revisits his cultural roots. He sets out to portray him as ‘a human being, a man with dreams’. With his new translation of the Qur’an, he makes the Islamic Holy Book accessible to both Muslim and non-Muslim readers.
Joris Luyendijk is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author of Swimming with Sharks: My Journey Into the World of the Bankers.
- Date: Wednesday 2 March 2016
- English Spoken
- Time: 7 pm
- Doors open: 6.30 pm
- Tickets: £10, students £5,-.
- Location: Dutch Centre, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N2HA