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The Book of Tehran
The Book of Tehran

The Book of Tehran

A City in Short Fiction

Reading the City


208 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: May 2019

ISBN 9781910974247

Rights: US & CA

Comma Press (May 2019)

Price: $14.95


Tehran is Iran's most secular and liberal city. It is a city that is so much more than the usual chaotic maze of concrete and traffic jams thick with air pollution. This is the beating heart of Iran, a creative tour de force and the place to be to get a handle on modern Iran and what its future will likely be. The outside world focuses on extremes in Iran, but what the included writers set out to portray are their inner stories, and where they stand in all of this; their identity, their connections and their private lives. These are the stories till now untold because of a Western focus on only the big,  bold issues in Iran. What may surprise the reader is the similarities between their lives and our own. Ten short stories, showcasing some of the most exciting, emerging voices in Iran today, guide the reader through the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia, and the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East today.

Author Biography

Fereshteh Ahmadi (born in 1972) is an Iranian novelist, short story writer, literary critic and editor. living in Tehran. Ahmadi is widely recognised for her enigmatic and mysterious psychological fantasies, including her first short story collection, Everybody's Sara (2004). She has won several literary awards for both her short stories and novels which include The Fairy of Forgetfulness (2007), Cheese Forest (2008) Heatstroke (2013) and Domestic Monsters (2016).