- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Europa Editions; Tra edition (February 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609453069
- ISBN-13: 978-1609453060
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Man Who Snapped His Fingers Paperback – February 16, 2016
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Praise for The Man Who Snapped His Fingers
"The story leaves us chilled by the tyrannical culture that created this macabre bond. But at the end, it's just as much a tale of the capacity of love."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“…a profound, exquisitely crafted novella about life under a merciless regime, about torture and resilience, truth and culpability and the triumph of love over fear.”
—The Independent (UK)
"Tightly plotted, this fierce literary thriller packs complex emotions in a small space, tackling difficult and essential questions about power and our responsibilities to one another."
"Hachtroudi's book...is timeless in its meditations on totalitarianism and the toll it takes on even those who physically escape its clutches.”
—ShelfAwareness (Starred Review)
"An astonishing novel—powerful, captivating, and unforgettable."
—PAGE des libraires
"The Man Who Snapped His Fingers is an ode to the mysteries that we all carry within ourselves."
"An intimately told thriller of sorts. Clever use of flashbacks sets in motion two alternating narratives...This novel, full of conviction, powerfully dramatizes the tragedy of dictatorships and the unpredictable tenacity of human sentiments."
—Le Monde des livres
"Hachtroudi enchants her readers with this rich work that is at once a love story and a political tale."
About the Author
Fariba Hachtroudi decided to leave her home country following the Iranian Revolution in 1979. After relocating to Sri Lanka in 1981, she taught at the University of Colombo for two years and studied Teravada Buddhism. Hachtroudi then pursued journalism and eventually went on to write a full-length non-fiction account about her revisit to Iran after 30 years in exile called The Twelfth Imam's a Woman? In addition to writing, Hachtroudi also leads a foundation that advocates for women's rights, education, and secularism.
Alison Anderson's translations for Europa Editions include novels by Sélim Nassib, Amélie Nothomb, and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the translator of The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008) and The Life of the Elves (Europa, 2016) by Muriel Barbery.
Top customer reviews
I would warn that this novel is intense and Hachtroudi does not shy away from brutal descriptions of horrific events. That being said, the brutality braids well into the story.