Couchsurfing In Iran (eBook)
Revealing A Hidden World
de Stephan Orth
Sobre o livro
A modern-day glimpse into the surprising reality of life in Iran.
Iran: A destination that is seldom seen by westerners yet often misunderstood. A country that simultaneously enchants and enrages those who visit it. A place where leading a double life has become the norm.
InCouchsurfing in Iran, award-winning author Stephan Orth spends sixty-two days on the road in this mysterious Islamic republic to provide a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at life in one of the worlds most closed societies. Through the unsurpassed hospitality of twenty-two hosts, he skips the guidebooks and tourist attractions and travels from Persian carpet to bed to cot, covering more than 8,400 kilometers to recount this worlds hidden doings. Experiencing daily what he calls the two Irans that coexist side by sidethe theocracy, where people mourn their martyrs in mausoleums, and the hide-and-seek-ocracy, where people hold secret parties and seek worldly thrills instead of spiritual blisshe learns that Iranians have become experts in navigating around their countrys strict laws.
Though couchsurfing is officially prohibited in Iranthe state fears spies would be able to travel undetected through the countrymore than a hundred thousand Iranians are registered with online couchsurfing portals. And thanks to these hospitable, English-speaking strangers, Orth gets up close and personal with locals, peering behind closed doors and blank windows to uncover the inner workings of a country where public show and private reality are strikingly opposed.