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Tehran - Further reading

Further reading on Tehran

  • J Boyle's Persia: History and Heritage is the best book to buy for an overview of Iranian history, carpets, literature, painting, architecture and pottery. Iran After the Revolution: Crisis of an Islamic State by Saeed Rahnema & Sohrab Behdad includes a number of essays outlining the achievements (and lack of them) of the Iranian government since the revolution.
  • Two of the best accounts of life after the Islamic Revolution are John Simpson's Behind Iranian Lines and Lifting the Veil.
  • Robert Byron's The Road to Oxiana is a vividly observed and often hilarious diary of a slow passage from England to Afghanistan including lengthy jaunts though Iran. Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing is an excellent account of her recent journey through Iran.
  • The Fifty Poems of Chemsed Din Mohammed Hafiz are the definitive work of the renowned poet commonly known as Hafez. The book is available at Hafez's tomb in Shiraz. Another well known book of poetry is Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyam.
  • Iran's most popular novelists are Sadeq Heydat, whose works include The Blind Owl, and Simin Daneshvar, best known for her work, Shaveshun, which deals with life in Iran between the two world wars.

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