Black on Black: Iran Revisited

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Lonely Planet, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 179 pages
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Ana Briongas first travelled to Iran in the 1960s. She returned in the early 1970s to study Persian at the University of Tehran and has continued to return to this country of contradictions ever since. But 'Black on Black' is not so much her own story as that of her friends and acquaintances. Ultimately, all her tales are about coming to terms with the consequences of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Ana describes the everyday life of the people she meets and visits. These quiet, domestic moments build, like the pieces of mosaic, into an intricate portrait of a country where things are not always as they appear. With a disarming gentleness, Ana reveals a country far more complex - both now and in its 'liberal' days under the Shah - than television soundbites have led us to believe.

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About the author (2000)

Briongos is an award-winning Spanish travel writer. She began her love affair with Iran in 1968, when she took up a scholarship at the University of Tehran, and the ensuing thirty years have only served to deepen her intimate knowledge of the country.

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