City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran (out of print)
This is real Tehran: a city that is hidden from view and rarely written about, where survival depends on an intricate network of lies and subterfuge. It is a place where mullahs visit prostitutes, drug kingpins run crystal meth kitchens, surgeons restore girls' virginity and homemade porn is uploaded onto the Internet and sold in the bazaars. Plotted around the city's great central thoroughfare, Vali Asr Street, CITY OF LIES chronicles the lives of eight protagonists drawn from across the spectrum of Iranian society. This is a world of gangsters, socialites, dutiful housewives and volunteer militiamen - ordinary people forced to lead extraordinary lives. Based on extensive interviews and research, CITY OF LIES is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of modern Tehran, and of what it is to live, love and survive under one of the world's most repressive regimes.
Real lives in modern Tehran - a searing, energetic portrait of the city and of life in one of the world's most repressive regimes.
Ramita Navai is a British-Iranian journalist and reporter for Channel 4's foreign affairs series, UNREPORTED WORLD. She has reported from over 30 different countries, including Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, El Salvador and Zimbabwe. She was awarded an EMMY for her undercover report from Syria. She has also worked as a journalist for the United Nations in Pakistan, northern Iraq and Iran, and was the Tehran correspondent for THE TIMES from 2003 to 2006. CITY OF LIES was awarded the ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE JERWOOD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION in 2012. https://twitter.com/ramitanavai