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From the PublisherThe 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."