The most beloved Iranian novel of the twentieth century
God forbid, Ive fallen in love with Layli! So begins the farce of our narrators life, one spent in a large extended Iranian family lorded over by the blustering, paranoid patriarch, Dear Uncle Napoleon. When Uncle Napoleons least-favorite nephew falls for his daughter, Layli, family fortunes are reversed, feuds fired up and resolved, and assignations attempted and thwarted.
First published in Iran in the 1970s and adapted into a hugely successful television series, this beloved novel is now Suggested Reading in Azar Nafisis Reading Lolita in Tehran. My Uncle Napoleon is a timeless and universal satire of first love and family intrigue.