City of Lies : Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

City of Lies : Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

eBook - 2014
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Rich, absorbing, and exotic-- City of Lies travels up and down Vali Asr Street, Tehran's pulsing thoroughfare, from the lavish shopping malls of Tajrish through the smog that lingers over the alleyways and bazaars of the city's southern districts.

Ramita Navai gives voice to ordinary Iranians forced to live extraordinary lives: the porn star, the aging socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den.

In today's Tehran, intrigues abound and survival depends on an intricate network of falsehoods: mullahs visit prostitutes, local mosques train barely pubescent boys in crowd control tactics, and cosmetic surgeons promise to restore girls' virginity. Navai paints an intimate portrait of those discreet recesses in a city where the difference between modesty and profanity, loyalty and betrayal, honor and disgrace is often no more than the believability of a lie.
Publisher: Public Affairs,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781610395205
1610395204
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Homa7 Aug 19, 2015

The British-Iranian journalist Ramita Navai depicts the memoir of eight Iranians life in Tehran. The setting is Vali Asr Street in Tehran and the author has changed details of real people and created a group of characters to protect their identities. Navai amazes her readers with her attention to details. She speaks to an Iranian-American terrorist, a devout schoolgirl who flees a scary marriage, an underground blogger, a basiji boy who seeks for sex change and more. This is a type of short story and interesting to read.

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vhesaraki
Dec 22, 2014

Can you provide audiobook of this title?

KateHillier Dec 19, 2014

A look into modern Tehran through the eyes of eight very different points of view. The main thesis of the book here, which you can guess by the title, is that lying is part of the culture. Not maliciously but for survival. Lies by omission mostly. My knowledge of Tehran is rather limited so I found this book fascinating. A lot of these stories are sad and frustrating but there is a lot of joy and hope and defiance as well.

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EinarAnderson
Sep 29, 2014

suggest you purchase additional books. Too many on hold for one book in the system.

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