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Searching for Hassan: An American Familys Journey Home to Iran
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Searching for Hassan: An American Familys Journey Home to Iran by Terence Ward

In 1998 Terence Ward and his family set out on a long-awaited pilgrimage back home -- to the Islamic Republic of Iran, where they lived in the 1960s. Since the fall of the Shah, the country and their past had been effectively sealed off behind a veil of secrecy, and contact with one dear friend in particular, Hassan, had ceased. But memories of life in this emigmatic land -- of cherry orchards and Zoroastrian fire festivals, of the snow-capped Elburz Mountains and Hassans magical fables--inspired the Wards to return. SEARCHING FOR HASSAN is the wondrous and touching story of the Wards quixotic journey, ultimately rewarded by an emotional reunion with their lost friend. They travel into an unimaginably rich Persian past, to the very origins of civilization, and across the landscape of contemporary Iran, a surreal kaleidoscope of ancient traditions and Western pop culture. Ward creates a vivid portrait of Islams unique imprint and explores the deep conflicts between Iran and its Arab neighbors, anticipating the new Great Game now being played out in central Asia. Wards keen knowledge of Iranian culture and history, infused with the urgency of his personal journey, reveals a country that is both wildly alien and inextricably linked to the American imagination.

Author: Terence Ward

Language: English

Edition: None

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 322

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2002-01-16

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