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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,...

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...

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.

A Dangerous Element

A Dangerous Element
  • Author(s): Gregory S Lamb
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

“A Dangerous Element” is based heavily on events you’ll be surprised to see in the news. It will take you past the Iranian borders into their nuclear weapons development and uncover a top-secret weapon developed by DARPA – through...

Ali and Nino: A Love Story

Ali and Nino: A Love Story
  • Author(s): Kurban Said
  • Location(s): Azerbaijan, Georgia (GE), Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Russian Revolution (1917-18)

Ali Khan is an Islamic boy from Azerbaijan with his ancestors’ passion for the desert and warrior legends, but his lover Nino, a beautiful Christian girl from Georgia, is the child with a more European sensibility. Close to one...

An Ottoman Traveller

An Ottoman Traveller
  • Author(s): Evliya Çelebi
  • Location(s): Iran, Istanbul (Constantinople), Ottoman Empire, Vienna
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 17th century

Evliya Celebi was the Pepys of the Ottoman world—a diligent, adventurous and honest recorder with a puckish wit and humour. He is in the pantheon of the great travel-writers of the world, though virtually unknown to western readers. This...

Anahita’s Woven Riddle

Anahita’s Woven Riddle
  • Author(s): Meghan Nuttall Sayres
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): early 20th century

Growing up as part of a Muslim nomadic tribe in Iran one hundred years ago, Anahita has always been headstrong and independent. When her parents try to make a marriage match between her and her tribe’s khan (a type...

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...

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...

Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Censoring an Iranian Love Story
  • Author(s): Shahriar Mandanipour
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): late 29th century

Truly original, CENSORING AN IRANIAN LOVE STORY is an incredibly imaginative yet always charming love story set in contemporary Iran that crackles with wit, verve and social comment: Sara falls in love with Dara through secret messages hidden in...

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