The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay is an entertaining and insightful account of a year in Iran. It is written by an Iranian-born American who decides it is time for his American wife and their infant son to experience his homeland; the country they find is both alien and familiar. Think A Year in Provence with pollution and religious police.
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@David_Goodhart on Anne Applebaum's 'Twilight on Democracy'.
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Hilary Mantel reviewing Margaret Atwood: a #BookerPrize double-header from the archive.