Drawing on three years of travel and research, Mirrors of the Unseen offers a rare and timely portrait of Iran, introducing us to the sublime architecture of Isfahan, the forests of the north, the bleak landscapes of Kurdistan and the urban contradictions of the capital, Tehran. An exploration of Iran's immensely rich heritage and a personal enquiry into the nature of Persian and Islamic art, it is a book rich in detail, wit and discovery.
`A work of profound thought, imagination, passion and ambition' Sara Wheeler, Guardian
`Masterfully comprehensible accounts of Iran's long and complex history, beautiful impassioned descriptions of Islamic art and architecture, some surprising and fascinating encounters with the locals - this is travel writing at its very best' Daily Mail
`Informed by intelligence, humour, erudition, descriptive power and poetic prose, Mirrors of the Unseen is a joy to read' Independent
"A penetrating account of a series of journeys to Iran. . . . Jason Elliot is a travel writer of the old school: untethered to an itinerary, eager to be led astray, and as ardent an observer of the experience of traveling as of his destination."--"The New Yorker" "An important look at the forces at play in a region starting to dominate the Middle East."--"The Star-Ledger" (Newark) "Armchair travelers will enjoy moving with Elliot through both fabled cities and remote corners of Iran."--"The Christian Science Monitor" "A work of profound thought, imagination, passion, and ambition. It should be widely read."--"The Guardian" (U.K.) "Whatever stereotypes we may have crumble in the wake of Elliot's encounters with ordinary Iranians. . . . "Mirrors of the Unseen "takes us into a very different Iran, and the journey is fabulous. . . . Elliot writes like an angel."--"The Providence Journal"
Jason Elliot lives in London. His previous book, An Unexpected Light , won the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph award in the UK and became a New York Times bestseller in the USA.