Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran

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Macmillan, Oct 3, 2006 - Travel - 415 pages
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In our current climate of war and suspicion, Iran is depicted as the "next" rogue nation that America and the world must "deal with." But the rhetoric about nuclear weapons and jihad obscures the real Iran: an ancient nation and culture, both sophisticated and isolated, which still exists clandestinely in major cities as well as the country's remote mountains and deserts.

Jason Elliot has spent the last four years traveling in Iran, and in this remarkable book he reveals the many sides of the culture, art, architecture, and people that Westerners cannot see or conveniently ignore. Part close reading of symbols and images, part history, and part intimate interviews with Iranians of many different kinds--from wealthy aristocrats at forbidden parties to tribal horsemen in the most remote mountain villages, who have never seen a Westerner--Mirrors of the Unseen is a beautiful and thought-provoking book by one of the world's most acclaimed adventurers and authors.

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Mirrors of the unseen: journeys in Iran

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Elliot's first book,An Unexpected Light , was an account of his two sojourns in Afghanistan and was widely acclaimed as a new classic in travel writing. Despite the shared border, Iran is extremely ... Read full review

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This English author gives a perceptive eye of the artwork in the mosques of Iran. Very insightful as to Persian people, culture and history. Read full review


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Tehran Gombade Qabus Gorgan
Kirmanshah Hamadan
An Unbeautiful Instrument Phi Fie Lines Visible and Invisible

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About the author (2006)

Jason Elliot lives in London. This is his second book.

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