Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn: A Hitchhiker's Adventures in the New Iran

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., Oct 13, 2009 - History - 265 pages
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Iran looms large in the psyche of modern America. For decades, it has been “the enemy,” its government taunting us and attacking our Western, secular lifestyle. That is largely the Iranian government, however, not the Iranian people. Here’s the proof.

When Jamie Maslin decides to backpack the entire length of the Silk Road, he decides to travel first and plan later. Then, unexpectedly stranded in a country he’s only read about in newspapers, he decides to make the best of it—but wonders whether he’ll make it out alive. Maslin finds himself suddenly plunged into a subversive, contradictory world of Iranian subculture, where he is embraced by locals who are more than happy to show him the true Iran as they see it—the one where unmarried men and women mingle in Western clothes at secret parties, where alcohol (the possession of which is punishable by hand-amputation) is readily available on the black market, where Christian churches are national heritage sites, and where he discovers the real meaning of friendship, nationality, and hospitality.  

This is a hilarious, charming, and astonishing account of one Westerner’s life-altering rambles across Iran that will leave you wondering what else you don’t know about Iran and its people.

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User Review  - zmagic69 - LibraryThing

An inside look at the country of Iran. The author tours throughout the country and is repeatedly exposed to the kindest and friendliest people he has ever met. He discusses the quirks and oddities of ... Read full review

IRANIAN RAPPERS AND PERSIAN PORN: A Hitchhiker's Adventures in the New Iran

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After quitting his job, open-minded author Maslin loaded a backpack and hitched to Iran, where he spent nine weeks debunking Western misconceptions.Travel narratives often conclude that preconceived ... Read full review


cHApter two Hitchhiking to the Axis of Evil
cHApter Four Disco Lake with Ferris Wheels
cHApter Five German Pop Songs and Chains of Misery
cHApterseven Mosquito Mayhem
cHAptereigHt The Assassins and the Smoking Car
cHApter ten All the Gear but No Idea
Party Time
cHApter tHirteen Traveling in Style with the SingleHanded Man
cHApter Fourteen The Jewel of Esfahan
cHApter sixteen Super Film with Celine Dion and Eminem
cHApterseventeen Whos Aknocking on That Door?
cHAptereigHteen Den of Espionage
cHAptertwenty Strange Encounter

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About the author (2009)

Jamie Maslin is a writer and traveler. He has hitchhiked from England to Iran and couch-surfed all over Latin America. He lives in London, England.

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