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The Girl with a Brave Heart

The Girl with a Brave Heart
  • Author(s): Rita Jahanforuz, Vali Mintzi (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Young Shiraz lives a lonely life with her stepmother and stepsister, completely unaware of the old woman who lives alone next door…until Shiraz’s runaway yarn ball brings them face-to-face. This beautiful story from Tehran-born Israeli pop star Rita Jahanforuz...

Appointment in Tehran

Appointment in Tehran
  • Author(s): James Stejskal
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When radical Iranian students seize the U.S. Embassy compound in Tehran and take over fifty diplomats hostage the U.S. President has to negotiate with a government that wants only to humiliate the United States. When talks fail, the President...

The Immortals of Tehran

The Immortals of Tehran
  • Author(s): Ali Araghi
  • Location(s): Iran, Tehran
  • Genre(s): Magical Realism, Poetry
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The Torkashvand family reveres their seemingly immortal patriarch, Agha, the trunk of their widely branching, family tree. When we come to the story, Agha is so old that he spends his days sitting in the family orchard, drinking tea...

The Book of Tehran (Reading the City)

The Book of Tehran (Reading the City)
  • Author(s): Fereshteh Ahmadi (Author
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

A city of stories short, fragmented, amorphous, and at times contradictory Tehran is an impossible tale to tell. For the capital city of one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East, its literary output is rarely acknowledged...

I’ll Be Strong For You

I’ll Be Strong For You
  • Author(s): Nasim Marashi, Poupeh Missaghi (translator)
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, In Translation
  • Era(s): Contemporary

This award-winning debut novel by Iranian journalist Nasim Marashi follows the lives of three young women in Tehran over the course of two seasons as they pursue their wildly different dreams even as they discover that it may mean...

Night in Tehran

Night in Tehran
  • Author(s): Philip Kaplan
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Late 1970s

Based on historic events, and frighteningly relevant to today’s headlines — a taut, Year of Living Dangerously-style thriller set in Tehran in the days leading up to the Iranian Revolution. In the style of Alan Furst, this suspenseful thriller...

Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran

Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
  • Author(s): Azadeh Moaveni
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2005 onwards

Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West...

Tehran Moonlight

Tehran Moonlight
  • Author(s): Azin Sametipour
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Love, loyalty and identity collide in Azin Sametipour’s compelling debut novel, Tehran Moonlight. Vividly set in a country where women have no voice, one woman’s fight for love and her own identity result in unimaginable consequences. She was 23,...

Song of a Captive Bird

Song of a Captive Bird
  • Author(s): Jasmin Darznik
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of...

Rooftops of Tehran

Rooftops of Tehran
  • Author(s): Mahbod Seraji
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

In this poignant, eye-opening and emotionally vivid novel, Mahbod Seraji lays bare the beauty and brutality of the centuries-old Persian culture, while reaffirming the human experiences we all share. In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran’s sprawling capital city, 17-year-old...

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