In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs

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In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs

A Memoir of Iran

By Christopher De Bellaigue

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060935368, 283pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2006

Description

The history of Iran in the late twentieth century is a chronicle of religious fervor and violent change -- from the Islamic Revolution that ousted the Shah in favor of a rigid fundamentalist government to the bloody eight-year war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. But what happened to the hostage-takers, the suicidal holy warriors, the martyrs, and the mullahs responsible for the now moribund revolution? Is modern Iran a society at peace with itself and the world, or truly a dangerous spoke in the "Axis of Evil"?

Christopher de Bellaigue, a Western journalist married to an Iranian woman and a longtime resident of a prosperous suburb of Tehran, offers a stunning insider's view of a culture hitherto hidden from American eyes, and reveals the true hearts and minds of an extraordinary people.



Praise For In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs

“Readers will find here a detailed picture of Iranian life that has too long been out of reach.”
-Booklist

“De Bellaigue is a defiantly literary writer, and he gives us a sense of Tehran [that is] immediate and insistent.”
-Pico Iyer, New York Times Book Review

“De Bellaigue’s . . . anecdotes and interviews provide tremendously valuable context for many of today’s headlines.”
-Washington Post Book World

“Incisive analysis. . . . Through eloquent human stories, Bellaigue frames the murky politics of Iran in a telling, intimate scale.”
-Newsweek (International Edition)

“An intimate exploration of the revolution’s denouement...The intellectual honesty de Bellaigue brings to bear is worthy of praise.”
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“A highly original and disturbing portrait of the Islamic republic.”
-BusinessWeek

“An important book that deserves to be read by both defenders and detractors of the Islamic republic.”
-Times Literary Supplement

“De Bellaigue gives us a sense of daily life in Iran . . . cynical, conflicted, and bitter, yet surprisingly vibrant.”
-Chronicle of Higher Education