City of Lies

City of Lies

Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Book - 2014 | 1st ed.
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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"-- From dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781610395199
Branch Call Number: 955.2506 NAVAI
Characteristics: xiii, 301 p. : map ; 23 cm.


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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.

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.

Sep 29, 2014

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


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