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Eastern Iran

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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Essential Reading Package-EXIRN43

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The Persians, Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Iran

IRN99
Homa Katouzian
Yale University Press
2010
448
0300169329
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A broad history of Iran incorporating its significant cultural and literary traditions.
$40.00

Persian Pictures

IRN59
Gertrude Bell
St. Martins
2014
208
1780766920
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This brilliant, vivid and impressionistic series of sketches, formed during her 1892 stay in Persia, is Gertrude Bell's first published and widely praised work.
$18.95

Culture Smart! Iran

IRN64
Stuart Williams
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338472
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$11.99

Bradt Guide Iran

IRN25
Patricia L. Baker
Bradt Publications
2017
320
1784770213
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, detailed guide to traveling in Iran. Strong on practical information and with detailed sketch maps.
$26.99

Iran & Tehran Map

IRN15
ITMB
ITMB
2015
2
155341859X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A traveler's map of Iran at a scale of 1:2,350,000 with Tehran on the reverse at a scale of 1:15,000 as well as a map of the metro.
$12.95

Lonely Planet Farsi (Persian) Iran Phrasebook

IRN23
Yavar Dehghani
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
256
1741791340
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy phrasebook for the basics of Farsi as it is spoken in Iran. It focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

A History of Iran, Empire of the Mind

IRN94
Michael Axworthy
Hachette
2016
400
0465098762
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A refreshingly objective and lucid history from the time of the prophet Zoroaster to the present. Recommended for anyone wanting to understand Iran's political and cultural place in the world.
$17.99

A History of Modern Iran

IRN65
Abrahamian Ervand
Cambridge University Press
2008
264
0521528917
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A well-written, reliable account of 20th-century Iranian history which traces the collapse of the Shah’s regime and the formation of the Islamic Republic.
$30.99

Empires of the Silk Road

CAS171
Christopher I. Beckwith
Princeton University Press
2011
504
0691150346
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Beckwith rescues Central Asia from the periphery of world affairs with flair and scholarship, depicting millennia of empires, trade and cultural life on the Silk Road.
$16.95

Iran in World History

IRN132
Richard C. Foltz
Oxford University Press
2015
176
0199335494
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A concise yet comprehensive history that begins in 3500 BCE and ends with the present day to reveal Iran as one of the most influential and enduring civilizations.
$20.95

Persian Fire, The First World Empire And the Battle for the West

IRN38
Tom Holland
Doubleday
2007
418
0307279480
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This riveting account of Xerxes and the clash between the Persians and the Greeks in 480 BC brings to life the battle of Salamis and the clash between East and West.
$17.95

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ

IRN67
Hooman Majd
Doubleday
2009
272
0767928016
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An American journalist (who translated for Ahmadinejad at the UN), grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, Majd introduces Persian culture and modern Iran with insight and depth.
$16.00

The Koran

ISL87
N. J. Dawood (Editor)
Penguin
2004
464
0140449205
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
The clear, fluent, authoritative English rendering of this holiest of Muslim texts preserves the characteristic flavor and rhythm of the original, following the sequence of the Koranic suras
$13.00

Mirrors of the Unseen, Journeys in Iran

IRN49
Jason Elliot
Picador USA
2007
415
0312427336
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this rich portrait of life in modern Iran, Elliot enlivens his adventures with anecdotes, sketches of the people he encounters, casually delivered doses of history and literature, along with a mild dash of politics.
$27.00

Saved by Beauty, Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran

IRN101
Roger Housden
Broadway Books
2011
290
0307587746
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
From the bustle of modern Tehran to the paradise gardens of Shiraz and mosques and palaces of Isfahan, Housden captures the spirit of the people he meets across Iran.
$24.00

Shadow of the Silk Road

CAS133
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins
2008
363
0061231770
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Thubron returns to Central Asia in this lyrical, erudite account of a 7,000-mile trek across Asia, visiting archaeological sites, people and cities from Xi'an and Dunhuang to Samarkand, Bukhara, Afghanistan and Iran.
$15.99

The Rose Hotel, A Memoir of Secrets, Loss and Love from Iran to America

IRN127
Rahimeh Andalibian
Random House
2015
368
1426214790
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Mixing love, loyalty, compassion, hate, pain, loss and culture shock, this page-turning memoir follows an ill-fated Iranian family whose prosperous days in their luxury hotel in Mashhad ended during the 1979 revolution.
$26.00

Things I've Been Silent About

IRN60
Azar Nafisi
Random House
2010
384
0812973909
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) returns with tales of her family, and especially of her strong-willed mother, set against revolution and upheaval.
$18.00

Faces of Love, Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

IRN109
Dick Davis
Aa Balkema
2012
368
1933823488
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Dick Davis translates this selection of poems by 14th century Persian poets Hafez, Obeyd-e Zakani and the poet-princess Jahan Khatun.
$19.00

Persian Myths

IRN108
Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
University of Texas Press
1993
80
0292711581
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Curtis draws upon a wealth of scholarly sources to retell for modern readers the stirring legends of ancient Iran.
$14.95

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

IRN14
Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald (Translator)
Penguin
2004
128
0140443843
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Fitzgerald's well-known interpretation of Khayyam's classic Sufi poem.
$12.00

Shahnameh, The Persian Book of Kings

MDE161
Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Azar Nafisi (Introduction), Dick Davis (Translator)
Penguin
2016
1008
0143108328
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A sparkling new translation, in verse and prose, of the beloved 10th-century Persian epic.
$30.00

The Poems of Hafez

IRN91
Reza Ordoubadian (Translator), Hafiz
Aa Balkema
2006
277
1588140199
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The writings of 14th century mystical poet of Shiraz permeate day-to-day cultural life in Iran.
$22.00