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Literature as Resistance: A Lecture by Dutch-Iranian Author Kader Abdolah
Come listen to a UC Berkeley's Regent's lecture given by the award winning Iranian-Dutch novelist, journalist Kader Abdolah. This lecture will inaugurate the exhibition titled "Dutch Clandestine Literature" currently on display in the Doe's library's Brown gallery.
As a student in Tehran, Abdolah joined a secret, leftist, underground group opposed to the dictatorship of the Shah and later the Ayatollah Khomeini regime. Before fleeing Iran Abdolah contributed articles to an underground journal, and he also clandestinely published two books. Upon leaving Iran, Abdolah attained political refugee status in the Netherlands where he has lived since and has had a prodigious, award-winning literary career writing in Dutch.