Honeymoon in Tehran

Honeymoon in Tehran

Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran

Book - 2009
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Both a love story and a reporter's first draft of history,Honeymoon in Tehranis a stirring, trenchant, and deeply personal chronicle of two years in the maelstrom of Iranian life. In 2005, Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent forTimemagazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As she documents the firebrand leader's troublesome entry onto the world stage, Moaveni richly portrays a society too often caricatured as the heartland of militant Islam. Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West, but whose economic grievances and nationalist spirit find a temporary outlet in Ahmadinejad's strident pronouncements. Mingling with underground musicians, race car drivers, young radicals, and scholars, she explores the cultural identity crisis and class frustration that pits Iran's next generation against the Islamic system. And then the unexpected happens: Azadeh falls in love with a young Iranian man and decides to get married and start a family in Tehran. Suddenly, she finds herself navigating an altogether different side of Iranian life. Preparing to be wed by a mullah, she sits in on a government marriage prep class where young couples are instructed to enjoy sex. She visits Tehran's bridal bazaar and finds that the Iranian wedding has become an outrageously lavish--though often still gender-segregated--production. When she becomes pregnant, she must prepare to give birth in an Iranian hospital, at the same time observing her friends' struggles with their young children, who must learn to say one thing at home and another at school. Despite her busy schedule as a wife and mother, Azadeh continues to report forTimeon Iran's nuclear standoff with the West and Iranians' dissatisfaction with Ahmadinejad's heavy-handed rule. But as women are arrested on the street for "immodest dress" and the authorities unleash a campaign of intimidation against journalists, the country's dark side reemerges. This fundamentalist turn, along with the chilling presence of "Mr. X," the government agent assigned to mind her every step, forces Azadeh to make the hard decision that her family's future lies outside Iran. Powerful and poignant, fascinating and humorousHoneymoon in Tehranis the harrowing story of a young woman's tenuous life in a country she thought she could change. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781400066452
Branch Call Number: 305.40955 Moa 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 340 p


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capovino May 11, 2013

This book did little to help me understand the cultural upheaval or dangers of pre and/or post revolutionary living in Iran. I was left with the sense that perhaps the author was holding back for fear of repercussions. This book could have been written by anyone who emigrated from any country, let alone Iran.

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

Born and raised in the United States, Moaveni is the daughter of two Iranian immigrants. Throughout her reporting career, she has repeatedly travelled to Iran to explain its politics and religion to the outside world. In this book, Moaveni has opted to begin a family and marry an Iranian man. She must decide if Iran, with all its beauty, culture, and extended family, is the place in which she can live out her dreams. This book focuses heavily on the details of Moaveniā€™s daily life and her point of view as she encounters a repressive regime that is increasingly omnipresent and omnipotent. It is a moving portrait of a beloved country struggling to retain its culture and character.

Feb 16, 2010

a must read for all of us iranian-Americans, specially if you're like me, so emotional about the homeland that every picture/ or heard about in news will burst you into tears, and yet you would wake up teriffied if you dream that you've returned to Iran and are not allowed to leave there. I could relate to almost every story in the book, and it cleared up many reasons for my deep feelings to Iran.

but I'd equally recommend it to all non-Iranians as well. as it will take you to homes in Iran and their view about the world, and you'll see how different people of Iran are compared to their rulers. Iran, the most mis-understood country in the world.

Jan 30, 2009

Azadeh Moaveni is an Iranian-American journalist raised in California. This is the story of her 2-year visit to Iran as a foreign correspondent. Her work is a delicate balance between reporting the truth and being under the omnipresent, threatening eyes of her government "minders," who are on the lookout for stories critical of the Iranian administration. After finding love unexpectedly, her personal life is an even more delicate balance hiding her pregnancy (in Iran, an unwed, pregnant woman can face dire legal consequences) until such time as she can plan and execute her own wedding.

At times, I felt I might have benefited from reading Moaveni's previous book, Lipstick Jihad, if only to provide some additional background information regarding her earlier life and career.

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