City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran travels up and down Vali-Asr Street, Tehran’s pulsing thoroughfare, from the lavish shopping malls of Tajrish through the smog that lingers over the humbler alleyways and bazaars of the city’s southern districts. This fearless first book from Emmy-Award winning journalist and reporter Ramita Navai candidly exposes the passions of ordinary Iranians forced to live extraordinary lives; the porn star, the aging socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the volunteer religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den—all of whom Navai got to know when she lived as an undercover journalist in Tehran. This is a shocking, backstreet glimpse of modern Tehran: the gritty, dizzying city in which—if you want to survive—you have to lie.
Ramita Navai is an international journalist who has reported from some of the most dangerous places in the world including Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe, and earned an Emmy for her undercover report from Syria. She has also worked as a journalist for the United Nations in Pakistan, northern Iraq and Iran, and was the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003 to 2006.
Rich, absorbing, and exotic--City of Lies travels up and down Vali Asr Street, Tehran's pulsing thoroughfare, from the lavish shopping malls of Tajrish through the smog that lingers over the alleyways and bazaars of the city's southern districts.