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.
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Stories from a City Oft Misunderstood
I loved the journalistic edge of each of Navai's stories. Each vignette shined a light on a corner of Tehran revealing the truth behind each character's circumstances. Not unlike American society, wealth, gender and birthright play a staring role in determining ones options in Iran. Where few options remain, character's resort to the most primal druthers of death, sex and lies. A city divided by its differences is ultimately connected geographically and metaphorically by Valiasr Street a symbol of common struggle of a culture transformed in just one generation by religion and politics. Overall, the author brilliantly unveils a culture, its people, and its evolution in a sea of one note descriptions of a city, country, and region.
Impossible to Put Down
- Leonard "Say something about yourself!"