“A lucid, moving view into an often obscured part of our world, exploring notions of democracy, identity, and the resilience of the human spirit.”
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In the wake of losing her beloved grandfather, Delphine Minoui decided to visit Iran for the first time since the Revolution. It was 1998. Raised in France by a French mother and Iranian father, this twenty-two year old journalist planned a brief stay but remained for ten years. With an inextinguishable curiosity and an independent spirit that neither love for the people nor fear of the regime can compromise, she paints an extraordinary gallery of portraits, presenting us with a society that is diverse, surprising and dynamic. Minoui attends secret dance parties raided by the morality police, dines at the home of fearsome militia, interviews fanatic imams, befriends both imprisoned student poets and journalists battling censorship. She joins street protests, finds love and marries. But after numerous Interrogations by the secret police, she fears her stay in Iran finally must end. This book is a remarkable blend of contemporary global history, family memoir, and the making of a reporter, told by someone both insider and outsider, a child of the diaspora.
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