City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Ramita Navai


Rich, soaking up, and exotic—City of Lies travels up and down Vali Asr road, Tehran’s pulsing thoroughfare, from the lavish procuring department shops of Tajrish in the course of the smog that lingers over the alleyways and bazaars of the city’s southern districts.

Ramita Navai provides voice to dull Iranians pressured to reside remarkable lives: the porn big name, the getting older socialite, the murderer and enemy of the kingdom who finally ends up operating for the Republic, the dutiful housewife who documents for divorce, and the old-time thug working a playing den.

In today’s Tehran, intrigues abound and survival depends upon an difficult community of falsehoods: mullahs stopover at prostitutes, neighborhood mosques teach slightly pubescent boys in crowd keep an eye on strategies, and beauty surgeons promise to revive women’ virginity. Navai paints an intimate portrait of these discreet recesses in a urban the place the adaptation among modesty and profanity, loyalty and betrayal, honor and shame is usually not more than the believability of a lie.

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