Searching for Hassan

Searching for Hassan

An American Family's Journey Home to Iran

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Houghton
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 Hassan's 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 Islam's 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.
Ward's 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.


Baker & Taylor
Journeying back home to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1998, Terence Ward, along with his family, searches for his best friend Hassan, with whom he had lost contact after the fall of the shah, amidst a land rife with beauty and history, from the rich Persian past to the mixture of ancient traditions and Western pop culture of today, ultimately reconnecting with their country and its people.

Baker
& Taylor

Journeying back home to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1998, Terence Ward, along with his family, searches for his best friend Hassan, with whom he had lost contact after the fall of the shah.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002
ISBN: 9780618048441
0618048448
Branch Call Number: 955.05 WAR
Characteristics: 322 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 31, 2014

Ward describes a memorable journey in a country few of us know or understand - through an unimaginably rich Persian past to the very origins of civilization. Here the poetry of Hafez is as well known as the words of the Koran and the reader begins to appreciate the rich culture and the essence of the Iranian people.

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