In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran

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HarperCollins, Jan 3, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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The history of Iran in the late twentieth century is a chronicle of religious fervor and violent change -- from the Islamic Revolution that ousted the Shah in favor of a rigid fundamentalist government to the bloody eight-year war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. But what happened to the hostage-takers, the suicidal holy warriors, the martyrs, and the mullahs responsible for the now moribund revolution? Is modern Iran a society at peace with itself and the world, or truly a dangerous spoke in the "Axis of Evil"?

Christopher de Bellaigue, a Western journalist married to an Iranian woman and a longtime resident of a prosperous suburb of Tehran, offers a stunning insider's view of a culture hitherto hidden from American eyes, and reveals the true hearts and minds of an extraordinary people.

  

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Review: In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran

User Review  - Babak Fakhamzadeh - Goodreads

There's not many contemporary books on Iran. So when I saw this book advertised on Amazon, when I was looking for some read-ups before my planned trip to Iran in January, I jumped at the opportunity ... Read full review

Review: In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

This book is authored by a Westerner living inside Iran giving you an in depth view of the Iranian people. The author is married to an Iranian and lives in the north of Tehran. The book gives you an ... Read full review

Contents

map of iran
1
Isfahan
10
A Sacred Calling
42
Qom
87
Lovers
118
Reza Ingilisi
157
Gas
181
Parastu
206
Friends
257
Ashura
277
bibliography
281
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About the author (2006)

Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London and now lives in Tehran with his family. He has spent the past decade working as a journalist in the Middle East and South Asia, and his work appears in The Economist, the New York Review of Books, Granta, and The New Yorker.

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