Kader Abdolah


Kader Abdolah is a Dutch-Iranian author and poet.  In 1988, he came to the Netherlands as a political refugee. For his work he uses his homesickness and memories of his homeland and family as inspiration.

His first collection of short stories, De adelaars (The Eagles), was awarded the important debutant prize Het Gouden Ezelsoor. It was followed by several novels and collections of short stories that were translated and awarded. The House of the Mosque, a colourful and impressive novel about a family in Iran, meant his breakthrough with the general public. 


Besides fiction, he wrote as a columnist under the pseudonym "Mirza" (Persian for "chronicler") for the Volkskrant from 1996 to 2011. Since 2013 he has been a columnist for the magazine Zin.

In 2000 he was appointed Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. In 2008, on the publication of the French translation of The House of the Mosque, he received the prestigious French award Chevalier dans l'Orde des Arts et des Lettres. In 2009 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Groningen. For the 2011 Book Week, Kader Abdolah wrote the Book Week Gift The Crow.

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