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Couchsurfing in Iran: Revealing a Hidden World

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285 pages4 hours

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In Couchsurfing in Iran, award-winning author Stephan Orth spends sixty-two days on the road in this mysterious Islamic republic to provide a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at life in one of the world’s most closed societies. Experiencing daily the “two Irans” that coexist side by side—the “theocracy, where people mourn their martyrs” in mausoleums, and the “hide-and-seekocracy, where people hold secret parties and seek worldly thrills instead of spiritual bliss”—he learns that Iranians have become experts in navigating around their country’s strict laws. Getting up close and personal with locals, he covers more than 5,000 kilometers, peering behind closed doors to uncover the inner workings of a country where public show and private reality are strikingly opposed.

"A fascinating, irreverent tale of freestyle travel through a notoriously unfree land." Mike Spencer Bown, author of The World’s Most Travelled Man

“A breezy narrative that offers a couch-level view of Iran that you won’t find in travel guides.” —Kirkus Review

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