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Mirrors of the Unseen

Journeys in Iran

Jason Elliot

Picador

Filling a long-neglected gap in the travel writing of the region, Jason Elliot's Mirrors of the Unseen is a rare and timely portrait of the nation descended from the world's earliest superpower: Iran. Animated by the same spirit of exploration as its acclaimed predecessor, An Unexpected Light, and drawing on several years of independent travel and research, this thought-provoking work weaves together observations of life in contemporary Iran with history, politics, and a penetrating enquiry into the secrets of Islamic art. Generously illustrated with the author's own sketches and photographs, Mirrors of the Unseen is a rich, sensitive, and vivid account of a country and its culture.
Filling a long-neglected gap in the travel writing of the region, Jason Elliot's Mirrors of the Unseen is a rare and timely portrait of the nation descended from the world's earliest superpower: Iran. Animated by the same spirit of exploration as its acclaimed predecessor, An Unexpected Light, and drawing on several years of independent travel and research, this thought-provoking work weaves together observations of life in contemporary Iran with history, politics, and a penetrating enquiry into the secrets of Islamic art. Generously illustrated with the author's own sketches and photographs, Mirrors of the Unseen is a rich, sensitive, and vivid account of a country and its culture.

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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

"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

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  • Jason Elliot

  • Jason Elliot lives in London. He is the bestselling author of An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan and Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran.
  • Jason Elliot
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