This is literary travel writing at its best: brimming with history, anecdote and provocative analysis. The distillation of three years of travel and research, Mirrors of the Unseen is not only an exploration of the immensely rich heritage of Persian culture, but also a unique and timely portrait of contemporary Iran. In it we are introduced to the hair-raising streets of Tehran, and ponder the sublime architecture of Isfahan; we travel on horseback through the forests of the north (as the guest of Princess Firouz), across the bleak landscapes of Kurdistan, and re-trace Robert Byron's steps to the sites of the nation's most fabled monuments. Mirrors of the Unseen is also a passionate enquiry into the nature of Persian and Islamic art, challenging conventional definitions of 'abstract' art and yielding astonishing insights into its geometrical and symbolic sophistication. Profound, illuminating and characteristically charming, Mirrors of the Unseen dispels all stereotypical views of a much-misrepresented country, and offers precious insight into a land from which we are likely to hear much more in the near future. Praise for An Unexpected Light: 'An astonishing debut: one of the most remarkable travel books this decade' William Dalrymple 'I am sure this book will soon be among the classics of travel' Dorris Lessing 'Everything a travel book should be - truly memorable' Eric Newby A tour de force of travel and memory: vividly evocative, courageous and self-award' Colin Thubron
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"A penetrating account of a series of journeys to Iran. . . . Jason Elliot is a travel writer of the old school: untethered to an itinerary, eager to be led astray, and as ardent an observer of the experience of traveling as of his destination."--"The New Yorker"
"An important look at the forces at play in a region starting to dominate the Middle East."--"The Star-Ledger" (Newark)
"Armchair travelers will enjoy moving with Elliot through both fabled cities and remote corners of Iran."--"The Christian Science Monitor"
"A work of profound thought, imagination, passion, and ambition. It should be widely read."--"The Guardian" (U.K.)
"Whatever stereotypes we may have crumble in the wake of Elliot's encounters with ordinary Iranians. . . . "Mirrors of the Unseen "takes us into a very different Iran, and the journey is fabulous. . . . Elliot writes like an angel."--"The Providence Journal"Reseña del editor:
Jason Elliot's new book, Mirrors of the Unseen - Journeys in Iran , builds on the success of his award-winning first book, An Unexpected Light
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