The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran

The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran

Hooman Majd


With U.S.–Iran family at a thirty-year low, Iranian-American author Hooman Majd dared to take his younger kinfolk on a year-long sojourn in Tehran. The Ministry of steerage invitations You not to Stay strains their family adventures and heavily tracks the political drama of a negative 12 months for Iran's government.

It was once an annus horribilis for Iran's superb chief. the golf green move were overwhelmed, however the regime was once on facet, fearful lest democratic protests resurge. overseas sanctions have been dragging down the economic system whereas speak of battle with the West grew. Hooman Majd was once there for it all. a brand new father at age fifty, he made up our minds to take his blonde, blue-eyed Midwestern yoga teacher spouse Karri and his lovely, only-eats-organic youngster son Khash from their hip Brooklyn local to spend a 12 months within the land of his beginning. It was once to be a 12 months of discovery for Majd, too, who had purely lived in Iran as a child.

The publication opens ominously as Majd is stopped on the airport by means of intelligence officials who convey him a four-inch thick safety dossier approximately his books and journalism and warn him to not write approximately Iran in the course of his remain. Majd brushes it off—but does not inform Karri—and the relatives quickly settles in to the rituals of heart category existence in Tehran: discovering an residence (which calls for many millions of greenbacks, all of which, bafflingly, is lower back to you whilst you leave), a safe net connection (one that persuades the neighborhood censors you're in long island) and a bootlegger (self-explanatory). Karri masters the pinnacle shawl, yet no longer sooner than being stopped for mal-veiling, two times. They suffer fasting at Ramadan and stay alongside of Khash in a state weirdly captivated with children.

the entire whereas, Majd fields calls from protection officials and he and Karri eye the headlines—the arrest of an American "spy," the British embassy riots, the Arab Spring—and wonder whether they're pushing their good fortune. The Ministry of steering invitations You not to Stay is a glowing account of lifestyles less than a quixotic authoritarian regime that provides infrequent and intimate perception right into a kingdom and its humans, as good as a private tale of exile and a look for the that means of domestic.

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