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Sky of Red Poppies

Sky of Red Poppies
  • Author(s): Zohreh Ghahremani
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Sky of Red Poppies begins with a casual friendship between two schoolgirls coming of age in a politically divided 1960’s Iran under rule of the Shah. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence...

Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes

Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes
  • Author(s): Nahal Tajadod
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A wry and humorous account of Nahal Tajadod’s quest to get her Iranian passport renewed. She embarks on a bizarre and circuitous journey, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way: two photographers who specialise in Islamic portraits,...

Couchsurfing in Iran: Revealing a Hidden World

Couchsurfing in Iran: Revealing a Hidden World
  • Author(s): Stephan Orth
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A modern-day glimpse into the surprising reality of life in Iran. Iran: A destination that is seldom seen by westerners yet often misunderstood. A country that simultaneously “enchants and enrages” those who visit it. A place where leading a...

If You Could Be Mine

If You Could Be Mine
  • Author(s): Sara Farizan
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, LGBTQ
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love–Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned,...

Two Wings of a Nightingale

Two Wings of a Nightingale
  • Author(s): Jill Worrall
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Travelogue, Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Iran is probably the most misunderstood country in the world, and its people are among the most feared. Award-winning travel writer Jill Worrall, with her friend Reza Mirkhalaf, a leading tour manager from Tehran, describe an Iran the world...

Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
  • Author(s): Antonio J. Méndez
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1979

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there is a little-known drama connected to...

The Septembers of Shiraz

The Septembers of Shiraz
  • Author(s): Dalia Sofer
  • Location(s): Shiraz
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1979 onwards

In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything...

Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution, and Leaving Iran

Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution, and Leaving Iran
  • Author(s): Afschineh Latifi
  • Location(s): Iran, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1970s onwards

At the age of ten, a young Iranian girl witnesses the horror of her father’s execution and escapes the revolution with her sister. Growing up in Tehran in the 1970s, Afschineh Latifi and her sister and two brothers enjoyed...

Iran: My Grandfather

Iran: My Grandfather
  • Author(s): Ali Alizadeh
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 19th century

A vanished, tattered black and white photograph, taken in Tehran in 1946. The image of a sombre and inscrutable middle-aged man called Salman Fuladvand, a lieutenant and controversial police chief under Iran’s second last king. It is the memory...

The Gardens of Light

The Gardens of Light
  • Author(s): Amin Maalouf
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): AD 216 - AD 274

This is the story of Mani, a forgotten figure, but whose name is yet, paradoxically, on everyone’s lips. When using the words “Manichean” or “Manichaeism” one rarely thinks Mani, painter, doctor and Eastern philosopher of the third century, called...

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