A superb, authoritatively written insider’s account of one of the most mysterious but significant and powerful nations in the world: Iran.
Few historians and journalists writing in English have been able to meaninfully examine post-revolutionary Iranian life. Years after his death, the shadow of Ayatollah Khomeini still looms over Shi'ite Islam and Iranian politics, the state of the nation fought over by conservatives and radicals. They are contending for the soul of a revolutionary Islamic government that terrified the Western establishment and took them to leadership of the Islamic world.
But times have changed. Khomeini's death and the deficiencies of his successor, the intolerance and corruption that has made the regime increasingly authoritarian and cynical, frustration at Iran's economic isolation and the revolution's failure to deliver the just realm it promised has transformed the spirit of the country.
In this superbly crafted and deeply thoughtful book Christopher de Bellaigue, who is married to an Iranian and has lived there for many years, gives us the voices and memories of this 'worn-out generation': be they traders or soldiers, film-makers or clerics, writers or taxi-drivers, gangsters or reformists. These are voices that are never heard, but whose lives and concerns are forging the future of one of the most secretive, misunderstood countries in the world. The result is a subtle yet intense revelation of the hearts and minds of the Iranian people.
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"A mixture of history, reportage and analysis, his book helps to understand "enigma inside a puzzle" that is Iran today...fascianting" -- Financial Times
'A portrait of an enigmatic nation of wistful revolutionaries' -- The Economist, 26 November 2004
'[De Bellaigue's]Iran is far more truthful: vibrant, polluted, colourful, deceitful, shockingly diverse and completely in the present' -- The Guardian, 11 December 2004
'brilliant...his Iran is...truthful: vibrant, polluted, colourful, deceitful, shockingly diverse and completely in the present' -- The Guardian
'extremely timely...Tehran resident de Bellaigue gives an illuminating portrait of post-revolution Iranians.' -- Sunday Times, 5 December 2004
'riveting...I was intrigued and impressed...de Bellaigue has done his research well and reports meticulously' -- Literary Review, August 2004
'thoughtful and quietly assured...an excellent guide to Iran's troubled recent history' -- Evening Standard
Christopher de Bellaigue was born in 1971. He studied at Cambridge and writes for Granta and the New York Review of Books. He is married and lives in Iran.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7113935