We Are Iran: The Persian Blogs

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In September 2001, a young Iranian journalist, Hossein Derakhshan, created one of the first weblogs in Farsi. When he also devised a simple how-to-blog guide for Iranians, it unleashed a torrent of hitherto unheard opinions. There are now 64,000 blogs in Farsi, and Nasrin Alavi has painstakingly reviewed them all, weaving the most powerful and provocative into a striking picture of the flowering of dissent in Iran. From one blogger’s blasting of the Supreme Leader as a pimp” to another’s mourning for an identity crushed by the stifling protection of her male relatives, this collection functions not only as an archive of Iranians’ thoughts on their country, culture, religion, and the rest of the world, but also as an alternative recent history of Iran. Government crackdowns may soon still these voices in February 2005, one blogger was sentenced to 14 years in jail and We Are Iran may serve as the only serious record of their existence.

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Nasreen Alavi is a British Iranian who gave up a career in the City of London to work for an NGO in Tehran.

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A unique composite picture of what it's really like to live, work, love and blog in Iran 'This is not the first example of a book made out of blogs... It does, I think, count as the finest so far: an eye-opening collage of extracts from the (roughly) 64,000 Farsi-language bloggers now at work in Iran, threaded by Alavi's illuminating analysis.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'Incredibly heartening' Ian Hislop, 'Start the Week', BBC R4 'Every now and again a book comes along that first challenges any preconceived notions you may have about a particular subject, and then turns them completely on their head. We Are Iran is just such a book.' Metro 'This could very well be the nearest thing to a nation writing its own history.' Scotsman 'You won't get a better glimpse of the obsessions and frustrations that exist behind the imposed cliche of the black chador; ideas and passions that thrive despite the rule of what Alavi calls the mutant IslamistsA".' Christopher Dickey, Newsweek 'An eye-opening patchwork of Iranian voices - It would be hard to read We Are Iran without sensing you had glimpsed the affairs of ordinary people living in a cruelly restrictive regime.' Rosemary Goring, Herald 'The blogs are admirably articulate, brave, heartfelt, funny and sad.' New Statesman

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