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Mirrors of the Unseen

Shortlist, Macmillan Book of the Year 2006

The Guardian Travel Book of the Year 2006 

Winner, Chatwin Prize 2007 (ITALY)

Filling a long-neglected gap in the travel literature of the region, Mirrors of the Unseen is a rare and timely portrait of the nation descended from the world’s first superpower: Iran. Drawing on several years of independent travel and research, this thought-provoking work weaves together portraits of everyday life in contemporary Iran with history, culture and a penetrating enquiry into the underlying principles of Islamic and Persian art. Generously illustrated with the author’s photographs, Mirrors of the Unseen is a rich, sensitive and vivid account of a country much misunderstood in the West.

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A work of profound thought, passion and ambition


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