Lifting the Veil

© Khosrow Hassanzadeh

Picture of fun: Hassanzadeh's paintings lampoon the cult of martyrdom

Policewomen, clad in black chadors, with guns slung over their shoulders: the cover of Transit Tehran — an anthology of writing, art and photography — bears exactly the sort of bristly image you would expect to see of the Iranian capital.

Inside, however, lies the unexpected: page after page of fascinating elucidation of a nation and people that desperately require understanding. Iran is a young country. Some 75% of Iranians are under 35, and it is this demographic that is responsible for the wit and poignancy that make

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