She’s Not Exotic Like Iranian Girls

Sima Nahan


Returning to Iran

Sima Nahan


Returning to Iran is a collection of articles chronicling the author’s travels to Iran in the 30 years since the revolution. It depicts some of the tragedies, defeats, triumphs and ironies of this time and offers glimpses into many facets of Iranian society with its complexities and contradictions.


The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness

Cyrus Samii


The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness, a novel, is an account of the modernization of Iran in the twentieth century. It weaves together Persian fairy tales, epic poems, and Hollywood movies, orientalist history, urban legends, and World Bank loans, feverish growth and tranquil fields of roses – and the grip of a force that strangles dreams.


Buna Nameh

Buna Alkhas


A collection of observations, ruminations and drawings, Buna Nameh is a witty, whacky, and poignant production of an artist by blood. Buna Alkhas is the son of Hanibal Alkhas, the influential Iranian-Assyrian painter and arts professor, and an American mother who lived in Iran before the revolution. Having lived the tragicomedy of pre- and post-revolutionary Iran, Buna captures the irresistible absurdity that attracts half-breeds, expats, and other hybrids to Iran.


Zendegiye Koodakan

Samineh Baghcheban


This collection of poems and drawings is the first children’s book of its kind published in Shiraz in 1921. The author and illustrator is the famed educator Jabbar Baghcheban who was also the founder of deaf education in Iran. Samineh Baghcheban, daughter of Jabbar and an accomplished and influential educator and author herself, is the editor of this edition.