Transit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspirations

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Things are never what they seem in the art of Sadegh Tirafkan, the new feminist journalism of Asieh Amini, and the romance Shi'a-style by new fiction talent Alireza Mahmoodi- Iranmehr. Other contributors include Newsha Tavakolian, named Best Young Photographer of 2006 by National Geographic, Abbas Kowsari, Javad Montazeri and Omid Salehi, who have continued to document the social transformation of their country in the face of mass closures of newspapers and magazines by the ...

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Overview

Things are never what they seem in the art of Sadegh Tirafkan, the new feminist journalism of Asieh Amini, and the romance Shi'a-style by new fiction talent Alireza Mahmoodi- Iranmehr. Other contributors include Newsha Tavakolian, named Best Young Photographer of 2006 by National Geographic, Abbas Kowsari, Javad Montazeri and Omid Salehi, who have continued to document the social transformation of their country in the face of mass closures of newspapers and magazines by the government.

Above all, Transit Tehran celebrates the country's long tradition of artistic and cultural resistance that has influenced young Iranians, noticeably in the work of veteran editor and journalist Masoud Behnoud, photojournalist Kaveh Golestan, premier satirist and illustrator Ardeshir Mohassess, and photographer Mohsen Rastani.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Western media tends to cover only certain aspects of Iran, creating a perception that these alone define the country. For those of us on the outside looking in, every page of Transit Tehran peels away a layer of misunderstanding and sheds light on the dynamics of Iran and its people.

“A wonderfully illustrative view of Iran’s young, hip and avant garde. Westerners take note: They are here and will be heard.”

“When I first went to Iran, I was mesmerised by what lay beneath its Islamic black veil: a bubbling spring of art, imagination, and youthful interpretations of culture. Now, every reader can have the experience of Iran’s double identity and sense of playfulness… and think about Iran in a new and more democratic way… this is the Iran we outside the borders need to connect with and cherish.”

“In this remarkable book, a group of talented Iranians show us their capital city from the inside out. We are shown an unexpectedly dynamic human landscape, a place full of verve and contradiction, and, one senses, great future portent, too. In their stories and their images, the authors share a sense of mournful love for Tehran which seems, much like the city itself, to be something worth cherishing.”

“Transit Tehran is one long, refreshing, sometimes funny and often disturbing surprise. Too many portrayals of Iranian society are as superficial as a chador. This book looks at the body and soul of a people — a young people — who have an ancient culture that is wonderfully cosmopolitan, a recent history that is deeply troubled, and hopes for the future that are inextinguishable.”

"Tehran is a city literally, photographically, musically, and sexually seething with tiny (and sometimes not so tiny) acts of rebellion, in which swarms of mostly anonymous young Iranians experiment with ways to test the limits of freedom. The evidence that they do so with such panache, creativity, and often courage, is to be found in this wonderful book of brilliant essays and evocative photographs. That they do so may be a cause of concern to the government of Iran. It should be the source of great reassurance to all who believe in the power of the human spirit."

"Maziar Bahari, one of the very finest Iranian journalists still shining a light on his homeland, has coedited with Malu Halasa, a truly insightful account of the real Iran - the Iran we never hear above the hubbub of rhetoric and allegation. This is the Iran so many of us who travel there know and both admire and think about. It is the Iran that defies politics and economics and remains somehow simply Persian."

"Too few in the West or East have enquired enough into what makes Iran, a vast and diverse country, tick. Tehran is a good place to start. This is the right book for the right times."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859642153
  • Publisher: Garnet Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MALU HALASA is an editor and journalist. She is co-editor of Creating Spaces of Freedom: Culture in Defiance (Saqi Books, 2004), Transit Beirut: New Writing and Images (Saqi Books, 2004), Kaveh Golestan 1950-2003: Recording the Truth in Iran (Hatje Cantz, 2007) and The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie (Chronicle Books, 2008). Former managing editor of the Prince Claus Fund Library and a founding editor of Tank magazine, she writes for the British press.

MAZIAR BAHARI is a journalist and filmmaker for the past ten years. His films include And Along Came a Spider, Mohammad and the Matchmaker, The Voyage of the St Louis, Targets: Reporters in Iraq and Greetings from Sadr City. He is the only filmmaker who has worked consistently in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. Maziar Bahari writes for Newsweek from Tehran and makes news documentaries for Channel Four and the BBC. His plays include A Fairly Justified Revenge and Abu Ghraib.

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