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38 popular iranian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Iran. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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A Beginner's Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi EN

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"A family. On the run. In a foreign country-- England"--Cover.

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Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep by Siba Shakib EN

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One woman’s harrowing story about life under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Shirin-Gol was just a young girl when her village was levelled by the Russians in 1979. When the men in her family joined the resistance, she fled with the other women and children to Kabul, and so began a life of day-to-day struggle in her war-torn country. A life that included a Pakistani refugee camp, a forced marriage to pay off her brother’s gambling debts, selling her body and begging for money to feed her growing family, an attempted suicide and an unsuccessful attempt to leave Afghanistan for Iran after the... continue

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Ben en el mundo by Doris May Lessing ES

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Doris Lessing retoma la inquietante narración iniciada en El quinto hijo sobre la vida de Ben Lovatt, un niño simiesco e inclasificable que al nacer quebró la paz de su modélica familia inglesa. Triste conocedor de la aversión y el rechazo desde pequeño, en Ben en el mundo nos encontramos ya a un adulto que ha experimentado el duro aprendizaje de la marginación social moderna: el mundo de los sin techo, los indocumentados, los despreciados. Ben es al mismo tiempo vulnerable y peligroso, potencialmente violento y dependiente de la aprobació... continue

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Blind Owl by Sadeq Hedayat EN

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A new English translation of one of the most important, controversial Iranian novels of the twentieth century A Penguin Classic Written by one of the greatest Iranian writers of the twentieth century, Blind Owl tells a two-part story of an isolated narrator with a fragile relationship with time and reality. In first person, the narrator offers a string of hazy, dreamlike recollections fueled by opium and alcohol. He spends time painting the exact same scene on the covers of pen cases: an old man wearing a cape and turban sitting under a cypress tree, separated by a small stream from a beautifu... continue

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Calling a Wolf a Wolf : Poems by Kaveh Akbar EN

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Addiction. Recovery. Repeat. Akbar blazes the poetry scene with this introspective, powerful and passionate debut.


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Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram EN

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Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA. Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award “Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I’d live in this book forever if I could.” —Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Dar... continue
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De hemel is altijd paars by Sholeh Rezazadeh NL

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Arghavan is een jonge Iraanse vrouw die nog maar kort in Nederland woont. Terwijl ze worstelt om een nieuw leven op te bouwen, wordt ze geplaagd door herinneringen aan haar jeugd in Iran. Een jeugd die paradijselijk begon maar een negatieve wending nam toen haar moeder van de ene op de andere dag vertrok en haar vader, haar steun en toeverlaat, verslaafd raakte aan opium. Ze nam daarop een radicaal besluit: ze liet het rauwe, bergachtige landschap van Iran definitief achter zich en vertrok naar het platste land ter wereld: Nederland. 0Arghavan werkt in een tweedehandswinkel in Amsterdam, waar ... continue

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Disoriental by Négar Djavadi EN

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"Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of eac... continue

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Dying in a Mother Tongue by Roja Chamankar EN

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This collection of poetry by the celebrated southern Iranian poet and filmmaker Roja Chamankar (b. 1981) introduces English-speaking readers to one of the most accomplished and well-loved poets of her generation. Chamankar’s work blends surrealism and the southern coastal landscape of the poet’s upbringing with everyday experiences in rapidly urbanizing Tehran. While locating herself in the modernist tradition of Iranian poets like Forugh Farrokhzad and Ahmad Shamlu through form and imagery, Chamankar infuses this tradition with concerns unique to a generation that grew up in post-revolutionar... continue


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