Will try to write a detailed review later but for now..here is an excerpt from the introduction by the editor, Lila Azam Zanganeh, to give you an idea about the book.
'The gap between the multifaceted realities of Iranian political and cultural life and the simplified image one is often fed by politicians and mainstream media alike remains mind-boggling.' The book aims at closing that gap by offering a wide ranging look at Iran from the perspective of some the country’s most astute observers and commentators and strives to open a 'series of vibrant perspectives on concealed Iranian realms.' - Adapted from theThe book includes some well-known and some not-so-well-known Iranian personalities like:
's Uncensored Iranian Voices page. Levantine Cultural Center
- Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran^
- Marjane Satrapi, author of graphic novel, Persepolis 1 and 2 and Embroideries*
- Celebrated filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami $
- Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar-nominated for House of Sand and Fog & acted in the 4th season of the hit sitcom, 24)...
Read a more detailed review of the book and also hear Zanganeh weigh in on the growing tension between the
U.S. and on the Tavis Smiley show on NPR. Iran
^ Azar Nafisi - Author of Reading Lolita in
Transcript of interview with Nafisi on PBS
Interview with Nafisi at Powell Books
Audio Interview with Nafisi on NPR's The Connection.
An Iranian Girlhood - Time magazine on
$ Abbas Kiarostami Interview
Transcript of Kiarostami's conversation with Bill Horrigan, the curator of media at the
Abbas Kiarostami Critical analysis of landmark international and independent cinema
Guardian Unlimited Film Interviews Abbas Kiarostami
Also by Lila Azam Zanganeh
Americans Return from Afghanistan
Relatives of victims of Sept. 11 create a relief fund in
Not at One With Nature
Lila Azam Zanganeh discusses a skeptical Parisian's perspective on the great American outdoors.
The two most popular Literary Cafés have different ways of bringing poetry (and prose) to the people.
Women in Afghanistan
The United Nations marked International Women's Day with a conference on Afghan women, with guests Kofi Annan and Laura Bush.
Lila Azam Zangeneh reports on why the Russian mafia is no longer thriving in
La Boheme, But Few Bohemians
Lila Azam Zanganeh wants to know why
Lila Azam Zanganeh discusses Giorgio Fabre's new book about the relations between Hitler and Mussolini. (Also appeared in NYT, Nov 7, 2004)
Out of Africa (June 2005; NYT, free subscription required) What is a literature that does not exist? One that takes root far from an emigrant writer's native land, where his work is barely read, if at all?
Succès de Scandale
Lila Azam Zanganeh American readers have long felt guilty about loving Lolita. As Vladimir Nabokov's nymphet heroine turns 50, Lila Azam Zanganeh traces the impact of a novel that has become both an icon and a cultural cliche. (She is currently at work on a book about Vladimir Nabokov.)