“Has everyone noticed the spooky absence of graffiti in our public toilets since the arrival of web logs? Remember the toilets at the university we used to call our ‘Freedom Columns’?”
Iran through the eyes of the country’s bloggers
“Yesterday I bought a turquoise ring…They say it brings you happiness… I didn’t let my boyfriend buy it… I bought it myself. I wanted to be the creator of my own happiness, beauty and freedom… The era of fairy-tale heroes has come to an end.”
“If George Bush, Dick Cheney and the Fox News Network swapped places with Ayatollah Khamenei, Rafsanjani and our own state-controlled television network… nothing much would change in the world. Just as everything in Iran is the fault of the Americans, in America, the Middle Eastern terrorists are to blame for all the woes of the World…”
“Here in this forgotten corner of the world, lost in this third millennium, I am worried about the crumbling ruins collapsing on my only child’s head … Not far away in the civilized world, people would laugh at my deepest fears… No rubble will disturb their dreams… I can hear them snoring.” …
We Are Iran: Independent 2006 Books of the Year, New Statesman critics’ choice 2006
Fariba Amini review of the book for Peyvand: a great website presenting in English information about news, arts, books, sports, and much more. I specially enjoy the book reviews. Thank you Naj for having posted about this book in the first place!
Nasrin Alavi a British Iranian. She spent her formative years in Iran and attended university in Britain. She lives both in London and in Tehran.