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Persepolis

Persepolis
  • Author(s): Marjane Satrapi
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Graphic Novel
  • Era(s): Modern

The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran’s last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her...

Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside a Torture Jail

Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside a Torture Jail
  • Author(s): Marina Nemat
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1980s onwards

‘Nemat tells of her harrowing experience as a young Iranian girl at the start of the Islamic revolution. In January 1982, the 16-year-old student activist was arrested, jailed in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison, tortured and sentenced to death. Ali,...

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in Tehran
  • Author(s): Azar Nafisi
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 1900s

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Azar Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught...

Revolutionary Iran

Revolutionary Iran
  • Author(s): Michael Axworthy
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century/modern

For over 30 years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation, sanctions, and sustained attacks by Iraq in an eight-year war. Many policy-makers today share a weary wish that Iran would somehow just disappear as a problem. But with...

Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road
  • Author(s): Colin Thubron
  • Location(s): Central Asia, Iran, Turkey
  • Genre(s): Travelogue

Through northern China, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, then through Iran and into Turkey, Thubron travels away from the tourist trails, into the heartlands of the countries – the Gobi Desert, the lyrical descriptions of the mountain ranges…a 7,000 mile journey.

The Blood of Flowers

The Blood of Flowers
  • Author(s): Anita Amirrezvani
  • Location(s): Isfahan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 17th Century

Set in seventeenth-century Iran, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is the powerful and haunting story of a young girl’s journey from innocence to adulthood. A village girl’s dreams of marriage end on the death of her father. Cast on the...

The Company She Keeps

The Company She Keeps
  • Author(s): Diana R Chambers
  • Location(s): Iran, Paris
  • Era(s): Modern

A young southern woman, Evelyn-also known as “E”-is confronted by a CIA officer, Nick, who says her mysterious lover is being investigated as a foreign mole. Shocked, she agrees to cooperate, secretly. E thus enters the international world of...

The Levelling

The Levelling
  • Author(s): Dan Mayland
  • Location(s): Baku, Iran, Turkmenistan
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

These days, Mark Sava spends more time in tutoring sessions than in cloak-and-dagger rendezvous. The former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan has settled into the modest life of a professor in Baku…until an assassin makes a brazen attempt on...

The Saffron Kitchen

The Saffron Kitchen
  • Author(s): Yasmin Crowther
  • Location(s): Iran, London, Mazareh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 1900s onwards

come. Richmond Hill in London is a far cry from where Maryam Mazar was born and raised, the little village of Mazareh in Iran, but this affluent suburb is where she has lived for more than forty years. She...

The Wandering Falcon

The Wandering Falcon
  • Author(s): Jamil Ahmad
  • Location(s): Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

This book is set in the heart of the stateless stretch of mountains where the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran meet: an area now in the news and seen as lawless, and rulled by tribal Taliban, but pre...

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