Modern Iran

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Modern Iran

Illuminating Fiction and Non-Fiction

How well is post-Revolution Iran understood in the West? Today this ancient society is known primarily for the activities of its theocratic government. The following collection of ebooks and audiobooks includes two novels, two memoirs and two analyses. Many of the authors selected were either born in Iran or spent several years in the country. My hope is to offer the reader an insider's perspective on this enigmatic land.    

Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur

Parsipur’s allegorical novel of five women who live together in Tehran was an object of controversy when first published. The work, widely regarded as a modern classic, reveals the private lives of Iranian women.

Things I’ve Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi
Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, grew up in a wealthy Iranian family and was educated in the United States. Things I’ve Been Silent About is her autobiography as told through the lens of the Islamic Revolution and its aftermath.   

Culture of Terrorism by Noam Chomsky

Scholar and critic Noam Chomsky's analysis of the Iran-Contra Affair offers a critique of American foreign policy. Controversial, thought-provoking, eye-opening.

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran by Laura Secor

Author Laura Secor reports on the lives -- and fates -- of activists, artists, and journalists in Iran. Those profiled are people who challenge the government and seek change.

Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour
Mandanipour’s highly acclaimed novel is a story within a story. As an author pens the tale of Sara and Dara, two lovers, he deletes passages knowing that he will face the wrath of the Ministry of Culture. But what will happen to the young couple? 

Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran by Roxana Saberi

Saberi is an American-born journalist (and former beauty queen) who moved to Iran in 2003 to research her homeland. However, she was arrested and imprisoned in 2009. Between Two Worlds chronicles her experiences and time spent in the Evin Prison.