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The Secret Message

The Secret Message
  • Author(s): Mina Javaherbin
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Children

Rumi’s poetry is fashioned into lyrical prose for children

The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran

The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran
  • Author(s): Jennifer Klinec
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Food and Drink
  • Era(s): Modern

In her thirties, Jennifer Klinec abandons a corporate job to launch a cooking school from her London flat. Raised in Canada to Hungarian-Croatian parents, she has already travelled to countries most people are fearful of, in search of ancient...

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea
  • Author(s): Dina Nayeri
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s onwards

Growing up in a small fishing village in 1980s Iran, 11-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister Mahtab are fascinated by America. They keep lists of English vocabulary words and collect contraband copies of Life magazine and Bob Dylan...

Children of the Jacaranda Tree

Children of the Jacaranda Tree
  • Author(s): Sahar Delijani
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1983 and late 2000s

Tehran, 1983. A city paralysed by fear, its people silenced. And the beating heart of the regime is Evin prison. Yet even within its walls three women dare to dream of a life beyond tyranny. Azar gives birth to her...

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran
  • Author(s): Ramita Navai
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Welcome to Tehran, a city where survival depends on a network of subterfuge. Here is a place where mullahs visit prostitutes, drug kingpins run crystal meth kitchens, surgeons restore girls’ virginity and homemade porn is sold in the sprawling...

Farangi Girl

Farangi Girl
  • Author(s): Ashley Dartnell
  • Location(s): Florida, Tehran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1960s onwards

Ashley Dartnell’s mother was a glamorous American, her father a dashing Englishman, each trying to slough off their past and upgrade to a more romantic and exotic present in Iran. As the story starts, Ashley is eight years old...

Iran Awakening

Iran Awakening
  • Author(s): Shirin Ebadi
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1979 onwards

The book is essentially a memoir of Shirin Ebadi’s life from the time she enters Tehran University and graduates as the top Law student up to when she she was representing the reporter Akbar Ganji as his lawyer.

Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran

Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran
  • Author(s): Fatemeh Keshavarz
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present day Iran provides...

My Father’s Notebook

My Father’s Notebook
  • Author(s): Abby Clements, Kader Abdolah
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Second half 20th Century

On a holy mountain in the depths of Persia there is a cave with a mysterious cuneiform carving deep inside it. Aga Akbar, a deaf-mute boy from the mountain, develops his own private script from these symbols and writes...

My Uncle Napoleon

My Uncle Napoleon
  • Author(s): Iraj Pezeshkzad
  • Location(s): Iran, Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

In the early 1940s, the 15-year-old narrator becomes infatuated with his first cousin Layli. She is the daughter of the narrator’s uncle,nicknamed Napoleon because of his eulogising of the great French leader. Iranian, yes, but universal too, a great...

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