City of Lies

City of Lies

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

Book - 2014
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Far removed from the picture of Tehran we glimpse in news stories, there is another, hidden city, where survival depends on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. It is a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, cosmetic surgeons restore girls' virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. It is also the home of our eight protagonists, drawn from across the spectrum of Iranian society: the porn star, the ageing socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the volunteer religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den. These are ordinary people forced to live extraordinary lives. Ramita Navai is a British-Iranian journalist who produces documentaries for Great Britain's Channel 4 current affairs series Unreported World"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780297869498
Branch Call Number: 955.25 NAVAI
Characteristics: xiii, 301 pages ; 24 cm.


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Emmy Award-winning journalist Ramita Navai left the city of her birth at the age of six to live in Britain. But she never forgot Tehran’s magnetic pull. Returning there as a foreign correspondent, she discovered a society bubbling with change and excitement.

Traveling up and down Tehran’s main street, Vali Asr, she heard the stories of ordinary Iranians forced to live extraordinary lives: a mullah and a prostitute; a student blogger; a porn star; and a devout admirer of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini. The result is a frank, startling, sometimes shocking glimpse inside the Iran outsiders never see. (Submitted by Saied)

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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