The Struggle for Iran


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New York Review of Books
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5.8 X 0.81 X 8.5 inches | 0.87 pounds
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About the Author

Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London in 1971 and has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and South Asia since 1994. His first book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. He lives in Tehran with his wife and two children.


"Bringing together long essays originally published in journals such as The New York Review of Books and The Guardian, The Struggle for Iran thoughtfully illuminates the politics, history, social life, art and cinema (Iran's biggest export to the world after oil) of one of the world's oldest civilizations..The fascinating diversity of thought and practice of a complex society in flux--a necessary antidote to simplistic axis-of-evil, good-or-bad thinking--is opened up by this sophisticated and elegant book."

"A provocative view of a defiant nation and its foes." --Kirkus Reviews

"Watch out for the definitive book on the new Iran, The Struggle for Iran (New York Review of Books), by young British writer Christopher de Bellaigue, one of the best of the new generation of middle east experts writing in English." --Prospect Magazine (UK)

"An eloquent and sensitive memoir of an increasingly bleak political situation, this selection deserves special recognition for its emphasis on young Iranians' efforts to hybridize Islam and Western values and its implicit suggestion that such efforts may be the way of the future." --Booklist

"De Bellaigue's...anecdotes and interviews provide tremendously valuable context for many of today's headlines." --Washington Post Book World