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Ceremony of Innocence

Ceremony of Innocence
  • Author(s): Madeleine Bunting
  • Location(s): Iran, Bahrain, England
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 1960s onwards

A Cambridge PhD student called Reem has gone missing in Egypt. Those close to her fear that her investigation into her family’s history in the Gulf has put her in danger. The trail leads back to Tehran in 1969,...

Couchsurfing in Iran

Couchsurfing in Iran
  • Author(s): Stephan Orth
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

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 double life has become the norm. In Couchsurfing in Iran, award-winning...

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...

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius the Great Is Not Okay
  • Author(s): Adib Khorram
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian – half, his mum’s side – and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his...

Daughters of Smoke and Fire

Daughters of Smoke and Fire
  • Author(s): Ava Homa
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Set in Iran, this extraordinary debut novel takes readers into the everyday lives of the Kurds. Leila dreams of making films to bring the suppressed stories of her people onto the global stage, but obstacles keep piling up. Leila’s...

Disoriental

Disoriental
  • Author(s): Negar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

Kimia Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect...

Distant Annihilation

Distant Annihilation
  • Author(s): Azam Hossain
  • Location(s): Iran, Russia, Sweden, Turkey
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Slaughter in the Balkans, corruption, amorous women, an insurgency in the harsh wastes of a Central Asian failed state, murderous henchman, insufferable natives, interrogation by the enemy, theocratic megalomania, treachery, a sinister crime lord and pursuit by bloodthirsty maniacs...

Equal of the Sun

Equal of the Sun
  • Author(s): Anita Amirrezvani
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1576

Based loosely on the life of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, Equal of the Sun is a riveting story of political intrigue and a moving portrait of the unlikely bond between a princess and a eunuch. Iran in 1576 is...

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...

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...

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