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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.

Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran

Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran
  • Author(s): Fatemeh Keshavarz
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present day Iran provides...

My Uncle Napoleon

My Uncle Napoleon
  • Author(s): Iraj Pezeshkzad
  • Location(s): Iran, Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

In the early 1940s, the 15-year-old narrator becomes infatuated with his first cousin Layli. She is the daughter of the narrator’s uncle,nicknamed Napoleon because of his eulogising of the great French leader. Iranian, yes, but universal too, a great...

Not without my Daughter

Not without my Daughter
  • Author(s): Betty Mahmoody
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

Betty Mahmoody and her husband, Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody (‘Moody’), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody’s family. With them was their four-year-old daughter, Mahtob. Appalled by the squalor of their living conditions, horrified by what she...

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,...

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in Tehran
  • Author(s): Azar Nafisi
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 1900s

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Azar Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught...

Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road
  • Author(s): Colin Thubron
  • Location(s): Central Asia, Iran, Turkey
  • Genre(s): Travelogue

Through northern China, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, then through Iran and into Turkey, Thubron travels away from the tourist trails, into the heartlands of the countries – the Gobi Desert, the lyrical descriptions of the mountain ranges…a 7,000 mile journey.

The Blood of Flowers

The Blood of Flowers
  • Author(s): Anita Amirrezvani
  • Location(s): Isfahan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 17th Century

Set in seventeenth-century Iran, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is the powerful and haunting story of a young girl’s journey from innocence to adulthood. A village girl’s dreams of marriage end on the death of her father. Cast on the...

The Company She Keeps

The Company She Keeps
  • Author(s): Diana R Chambers
  • Location(s): Iran, Paris
  • Era(s): Modern

A young southern woman, Evelyn-also known as “E”-is confronted by a CIA officer, Nick, who says her mysterious lover is being investigated as a foreign mole. Shocked, she agrees to cooperate, secretly. E thus enters the international world of...

The Levelling

The Levelling
  • Author(s): Dan Mayland
  • Location(s): Baku, Iran, Turkmenistan
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

These days, Mark Sava spends more time in tutoring sessions than in cloak-and-dagger rendezvous. The former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan has settled into the modest life of a professor in Baku…until an assassin makes a brazen attempt on...

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