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Starred Review. As a young man, British-American author Housden (Chasing Rumi) found himself drawn to Iran-its poetry, music, and even the signature blue color of its mosques, but only in his 60s was he able to visit the country and attempt to unlock its secrets. "The image of Iran as a dark and scary place," writes Housden, "remains a difficult one to dislodge from the collective imagination…I wanted to see if the Iran of today could give substance and value to the images I had cherished for decades." A lyrical panorama of contemporary Persian politics and culture, this book gives contour and nuance to our idea of Iran, and introduces us to complex, very memorable characters-from the artists who refuse to live elsewhere, despite governmental limitations, to the poetry-quoting intelligence agents who threaten the author with prison. (May)
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"Both readers new to Housden and fans of his poetry will treasure this memorable account of what may be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Even better, his insights are also sure to inform and maybe even re-form preconceived notions many hold about Iran. It is impossible not to lose oneself in Housden's many-faceted narrative."
—Booklist, starred review
"A lyrical panorama of contemporary Persian politics and culture, this book gives contour and nuance to our idea of Iran, and introduces us to complex, very memorable characters."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The eloquent account of a Western poet’s encounters with the land, culture and people of Iran...soulful and uplifting.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Moving…Ardently pursuing his personal pilgrim’s path, Housden composes a poignant picture-puzzle of modern Iran.” – National Geographic Traveler
From the Hardcover edition.
This book is pleasant enough, but it never really grabbed me. There are descriptions of people and places and experiences the author has, but I kept waiting for something to really... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jason B.Gruhl
Mr. Housden should have spent more time researching Iran before he journeyed there because he makes a few basic and embarrassing errors about the country and culture. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Larry Hedrick
I enjoyed reading this account of the authors travels through Iran. Amazing tale. I particularly enjoyed his accounts of the artists and architecture.Published 22 months ago by Colleen
Roger had longed to visit Iran for many years and finally got his chance, but to visit artists and others behind the scenes. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by A. Claudia Eads, MD
I loved this book. This man is a philosopher as well as a poet. I was very moved by the chapter on Persepolis, and having been to Isfahan in 1973 knew exactly where and what he... Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Abundance
This is a timely addition to the recently published books regarding relations between the US and Iran. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Z. Ahari