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Couchsurfing in Iran : revealing a hidden world

Author: Stephan Orth; Jamie McIntosh
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Travel writing
Additional Physical Format: Orth, Stephan, 1979-
Couchsurfing in Iran.
Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, 2018
(CaOONL)20189011882
Named Person: Stephan Orth
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephan Orth; Jamie McIntosh
ISBN: 9781771642804 1771642807
OCLC Number: 1033540670
Notes: Translated from the German.
Description: 269 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Couchsurfing im Iran.
Responsibility: Stephan Orth ; translation by Jamie McIntosh.

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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."

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"Orth used the internet to launch himself into a fantastical realm that happens to be real." - Liesl Schillinger, New York Times"A breezy narrative that offers a couch-level view of Iran that you Read more...

 
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