The Book of Tehran

Edited by Fereshteh Ahmadi

How much do we in Britain actually know about Tehran? As the capital city of a country that much of the West is increasingly turning its back on, it's easy to forget the richness, creativity and vibrancy of a city that has for decades produced some of the most inventive voices in the Middle East. In a rare commission, the stories set out to offer a glimpse into the real life of this city. What may surprise you is the similarities between their lives, and our own, in the middle of all this.

A regime change from Ahmadinejad to Rouhani has given much greater freedoms to writers in Iran, who before now had had to use metaphors and symbolism to get around restrictions; the result is these ten short stories, showcasing some of the most exciting, emerging voices in Iran today, guiding us through the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia, and the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East today.

Translated by: Sara Khalili, Sholéh Wolpe, Alireza Abiz, Caroline Croskery, Farzaneh Doosti, Shahab Vaezzadeh, Niloufar Talebi, Lida Nosrati, Susan Niazi and Poupeh Missaghi.

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25 Apr 2019