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A Playlist for Négar Djavadi’s “Désorientale”: 7 Punk Classics

By Susan Harris

Négar Djavadi’s wonderfully titled novel Désorientale tracks the life of a woman who flees her native Iran for France as a teenager in 1981. In the extract in this month’s issue, the recently arrived Kimiâ struggles to adjust to her new life as an immigrant in Paris. She finds a home, and a community, in the Parisian punk scene, connecting with both the music and the nonjudgmental culture: “No one asks me where I’m from. No one cares.” The musicians she lists may trigger a twinge of nostalgia (if not nausea) in some readers and leave others drawing a blank. Kimiâ mentions performers but not titles, so we can only speculate about the soundtrack of those sweaty dark nights; but in the spirit of discovery and community, we offer this playlist, spun for you by your DJs at WWB.

Disoriental is forthcoming from Europa in Spring 2018.

Published Aug 21, 2017   Copyright 2017 Susan Harris

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