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Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran
Shortly after the 1989 publication of Women Without Men in her native Iran, Shahrnush Parsipur was arrested and jailed for her frank and defiant portrayal of women’s sexuality. Now banned in Iran, th…
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In September 2001, a young Iranian journalist, Hossein Derakhshan, created one of the first weblogs in Farsi. When he also devised a simple how-to-blog guide for Iranians, it unleashed a torrent of h…
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A stunning collection of newly-discovered writing, this is a richly varied collection of short stories, novel extracts and poetry, revealed to the Western world for the first time. Despite war, repre…
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The book that revealed Iran to the West, now with a new Afterword. Elaine Sciolino updates Persian Mirrors to include coverage of the 2005 presidential election in Iran.
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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…
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My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes: Uncensored Iranian Voices
In the first anthology of its kind, Lila Azam Zanganeh argues that although Iran looms large in the American imagination, it is grossly misunderstood-seen either as the third pillar of Bush's infamou…
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Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity
Drawing from a rich array of visual and literary material from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking book rereads and rewrites the history of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and s…
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The Soul of Iran: A Nation's Struggle for Freedom
Iran thundered onto the world stage in 1979 with an Islamic revolution that shook the world. Today that revolution has gone astray, a popular democracy movement boldly challenges authority, and young…
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As stated, "A fascinating journey through the history, land and hidden cultrue of Iran past and present, by one of the world's most perceptive travelers"
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Saffron Sky: A Life between Iran and America
This lyrical memoir evinces the author's passion for constructing an American life with the spiritual fervor and deeply aesthetic rituals that were part of her childhood in Iran. Asayesh, who immigra…
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My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran
My Prison, My Home is the harrowing true story of Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari’s arrest on false charges and subsequent incarceration in Evin Prison, the most notorious penitentiary in A…
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Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
Fusing travelogue, historical inquiry, and interviews with Iranians from all walks of life, Neither East Nor West is a landmark contribution to travel writing and to cultural studies, as well as a ti…
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Searching for Hassan: A Journey to the Heart of Iran
The unique culture of Iran and the sweep of its history are revealed in this evocative travelogue of an American family searching for a lost friend in the country of their youth.

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The Ayatollahs' Democracy: An Iranian Challenge
Hooman Majd offers a dramatic perspective on a country with global ambitions, an elaborate political culture, and enormous implications for world peace. Drawing on privileged access to the Iranian po…
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A compelling and intimate exploration of the complexity of a bicultural immigrant experience, To See and See Again traces three generations of an Iranian (and Iranian-American) family undergoing a ce…
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When he was a boy, Aga Akbar, the deaf-mute illegitimate son of a Persian nobleman, traveled with his uncle to a cave on nearby Saffron Mountain. Once there, he was to copy a three-thousand-year-old…
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Sin: Selected Poems
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For the first time, the work of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad is being brought to English-speaking readers through the perspective of a translator who is a poet in her own right, fluent in both Pers…
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A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi
Nawal El Saadawi, writer and freedom fighter, has been pilloried, censored, imprisoned and exiled for her refusal to accept the oppressions imposed on women by gender and class. In her life and in he…
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Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States
In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations myst…
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Thirst: A Novel of the Iran-Iraq War
“Dowlatabadi draws a detailed, realist picture of Iranian life . . . in language that is complex and lyrical.”The Financial Times

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"Nahid Rachlin has an intimate insider's knowledge of present-day everyday Iran — of people and places, houses, streets, and families — and she writes of them with a clarity of perception and style t…
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Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic
A leading expert explains why we fail to understand Iran and offers a new strategy for redefining this crucial relationship

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Vis and Ramin
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Vis & Ramin is one of the world's great love stories. it was the first major Persian romance, written between 1050 and 1055 in rhyming couplets. This remarkable work has now been superbly transla…
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Considerada una obra maestra, esta novela supuso el reconocimiento de Simin Daneshvar como una autora indispensable de la moderna literatura persa. Reeditada en numerosas ocasiones, Suvashun fue una…
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Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
A love story and a reporter's first draft of history, Honeymoon in Tehran is a stirring, trenchant, and deeply personal chronicle of two years in the maelstrom of Iranian life.

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