Couchsurfing in Iran : revealing a hidden world / Stephan Orth ; translation by Jamie McIntosh
- Machine generated contents note: At the border -- Welcome to Iran! -- Down with the U.S. -- Long live the shah -- Couchsurfing for beginners -- Torture -- Freedom -- The Persian Gulf -- Lost in transportation I -- Aryans -- The genie -- Lost in transportation II -- Earthquakes -- Art -- The desert -- Bureaucracy -- Fake marriage -- Lost in transportation III -- Hide-and-seek -- Poetry -- Hiking -- The red Persian carpet -- Nuclear power -- Lost in transportation IV -- War -- Backgammon -- Music -- Smugglers -- The police -- The prince -- Love -- News -- A river without water -- Dictatorship -- Drunk to the imam -- Religion and money -- Party -- Lost in visa application -- Green, white, red -- Fun -- Orwell -- Life's caravan -- Country of surprises -- Happy ending.
- The author recounts the sixty-two days he spent traveling around Iran, providing a behind-the-scenes look at life in one of the world's most closed societies, including what he calls the "two Irans" that coexist side by side.
"In Couchsurfing in Iran, award-winning author Stephan Orth spends sixty-two days on the road in this mysterious Islamic republic to provide a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at life in one of the world's most closed societies. Through the unsurpassed hospitality of twenty-two hosts, he skips the guidebooks and tourist attractions and travels from Persian carpet to bed to cot, covering more than 8,400 kilometers to recount "this world's hidden doings." Experiencing daily what he calls the "two Irans" that coexist side by side-the "theocracy, where people mourn their martyrs" in mausoleums, and the "hide-and-seek-ocracy, where people hold secret parties and seek worldly thrills instead of spiritual bliss"--He learns that Iranians have become experts in navigating around their country's strict laws."
- 9781771642804 (pbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 268-269).
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