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Author De Bellaigue, Christopher, 1971- author

Title In the rose garden of the martyrs : a memoir of Iran / Christopher de Bellaigue
Edition First U.S. edition
Published Pymble, NSW : HarperCollins Australia, 2005
London : Harper Perennial, 2005


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Description [xii], 283 pages : map ; 20 cm
Summary "Beside the highway that leads south from Tehran, the necropolis of Ayatollah Rudollah Khomeini rises from the sweating tarmac like a miraculous filling station supplying fuel for the soul. However, the paint is peeling even before the complex has been completed, and the prayer halls are all but deserted. Iran's Islamic Revolution is out of gas, but what has happened to the hostage takers, suicidal holy warriors, and ideologues who brought it about? These men and women kicked out the Shah, spent eight years fighting Saddam's Iraq, and terrified the West with its militancy and courage. Now they are a worn-out generation."
"In this book, Christopher de Bellaigue gives us the voices and memories of these wistful revolutionaries. Mullahs and academics, artists, traders, and mystics: the author knows them as an insider - a journalist who speaks fluent Persian and is married to an Iranian - and also as an outsider - a Westerner isolated in one of the world's most enigmatic and impenetrable societies. The result is a subtly intense revelation of the hearts and minds of the Iranian people - and what it is to live among them."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Originally published: London : HarperCollins, 2004
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references: pages 281-283
Subject De Bellaigue, Christopher, 1971- -- Travel -- Iran.
Iran -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Iran -- Description and travel.
Iran -- History -- 1979-
Iran -- Politics and government -- 1997-
Iran -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997.
Iran -- Social conditions -- 1979-1997.
Iran -- Economic conditions -- 1997-
Iran -- Economic conditions -- 1979-1997.
LC no. 2004059655
ISBN 9780007113941 (paperback)
0007113943 (paperback)