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Tehran, Lipstick And Loopholes by Nahal Tajadod

Tehran, Lipstick And Loopholes


Tehran, Lipstick And Loopholes by Nahal Tajadod

A wry and humorous account of Nahal Tajadod's quest to get her Iranian passport renewed. She embarks on a bizarre and circuitous journey, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way: two photographers who specialise in Islamic portraits, a forensic surgeon who trades in human organs and a grandmother who offers a live chicken to an implacable official.TEHRAN, LIPSTICK AND LOOPHOLES is a fascinating look at the constraints and contradictions of contemporary life in Tehran from the author's unique standpoint of being both a native of Iran and a foreigner.


METRO * `Nahal Tajadod tells a story that we have all experienced or could experience. She knows, demonstrates, that the people have one weapon against all oppression: laughter. Laughter that brings about mutual support and quite simply makes life possible

* Independent * 'Tajadod has a good eye for the absurdities of Iranian daily life ... an abundance of colourful detail brings every encounter alive' * Gives us a new perspective on the Iranian society and its people, it mixes critical humour with compassion
Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

* 'A Picaresque journey through modern-day Iran ... Tajadod's exasperated yet non-condemnatory tone is most refreshing' *

About the Author

Nahal Tajadod was born in Tehran in 1960 and moved to France in 1971. She has written several books about China and fictional biography of the Persian poet, Roumi.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th August 2011


Nahal Tajadod

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Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


256 pages


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