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The House of the Mosque

The House of the Mosque
  • Author(s): Kader Abdolah
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1979

In the house of the mosque, the family of Aqa Jaan has lived for eight centuries. Now it is occupied by three cousins: Aqa Jaan, a merchant and head of the city’s bazaar; Alsaberi, the imam of the mosque;...

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
  • Author(s): Azar Nafisi
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged...

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,...

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...

Land of the Turquoise Mountains: Journeys Across Iran

Land of the Turquoise Mountains: Journeys Across Iran
  • Author(s): Cyrus Massoudi
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Contemporary

For Cyrus Massoudi, a young British-born Iranian, the country his parents were forced to flee thirty years ago was a place wholly unknown to him. Wanting to make sense of his roots and piece together the divided, divisive and...

The Bridge of Isfahan

The Bridge of Isfahan
  • Author(s): Nilla Cram Cook
  • Location(s): Isfahan
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

The Bridge of Isfahan is a love story, set in Iran during the postwar 1940s, a time of burgeoning hopes and dangerous conflicts — not the least among them the cold war. Shirene is the green-eyed granddaughter of the...

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...

The Stationery Shop of Tehran

The Stationery Shop of Tehran
  • Author(s): Marjan Kamali
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1950s

1953, Tehran. Roya loves nothing better than to while away the hours in the local stationery shop run by Mr. Fakhri. The store, stocked with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and thick pads of writing paper, also carries translations...

Pomegranate Sky

Pomegranate Sky
  • Author(s): Louise Soraya Black
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Pomegranate Sky is an evocative story of love and lies set against the turmoil of post-revolutionary Tehran. An impressive debut novel, Pomegranate Sky won the inaugural Virginia Prize for Fiction (2009). Living in contemporary Tehran, Layla refuses to bow...

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