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The Blind Owl

The Blind Owl
  • Author(s): Sadegh Hedayat
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Widely regarded as Sadegh Hedayat’s masterpiece, the Blind Owl is the most important work of literature to come out of Iran in the past century. On the surface this work seems to be a tale of doomed love, but...

The Exiled

The Exiled
  • Author(s): David Barbaree
  • Location(s): Iran, Rome
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): AD 79

As addictive as Game of Thrones, and perfect for fans of Robert Harris’ Cicero trilogy, The Exiled is a stunning novel of power, treachery and ambition. A.D. 79. Parthia is gripped by civil war. One king vying for the...

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...

Revolutionary Ride

Revolutionary Ride
  • Author(s): Lois Pryce
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 2011

.. I wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country. WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS!!! Please come to my city, Shiraz. It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it is...

Tapestries of the Heart: Four Women, Four Persian Generations

Tapestries of the Heart: Four Women, Four Persian Generations
  • Author(s): Nooshie Motaref
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 19th, 20th centuries

This award winning novel portrays four generations of Persian women over a span of one hundred years. It depicts the effects of religion and politics-ever changing in Iranian society. Tapestries stands out as a true representation of the cycle...

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...

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...

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...

Tapestries of the Heart

Tapestries of the Heart
  • Author(s): Nooshie Motaref
  • Location(s): Iran, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1896-1986

This award winning novel takes place in Persia/Iran and the United States. This novel portrays four generations of Persian women over a span of one hundred years. It depicts the effects of religion and politics — ever changing in...

The Secret Message

The Secret Message
  • Author(s): Mina Javaherbin
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Children

Rumi’s poetry is fashioned into lyrical prose for children

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