The Greatest British "Iran" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward FitzGerald

    "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" is a collection of four-line stanzas, or quatrains, translated from Persian poetry. The poems, filled with contemplations on mortality and the transient nature of life, advocate for living in the moment and enjoying life's simple pleasures. The work is revered for its beautiful and evocative imagery, philosophical musings, and its exploration of themes such as love, faith, doubt, and the fleeting nature of time.

    The 745th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. In Xanadu by William Dalrymple

    "In Xanadu" is a travelogue that follows the journey of a young historian and writer as he retraces Marco Polo's route from Jerusalem to the fabled city of Xanadu in Mongolia. Along the way, the author weaves together a rich tapestry of history and adventure, engaging with diverse cultures and landscapes. His travels take him through the Middle East, South Asia, and into the heart of China, offering insights into the complex interplay between past and present, and the enduring allure of one of history's most legendary journeys. The narrative is as much a personal coming-of-age story as it is a homage to the spirit of exploration and discovery.

    The 3225th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean

    "Eastern Approaches" is a thrilling memoir that recounts the adventurous experiences of a British diplomat and soldier during the 1930s and World War II. The author vividly describes his time in the Soviet Union during the Stalinist purges, his daring travels in Central Asia, and his pivotal role in the British military missions in North Africa and Yugoslavia. The narrative combines espionage, combat, and diplomatic intrigue, providing a unique insight into some of the most critical events and figures of the 20th century, including his interactions with prominent leaders like Josip Broz Tito.

    The 4086th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Valleys of the Assassins by Freya Stark

    This travelogue presents the author's journey through the Middle East, specifically Persia, in the early 20th century. The narrative is a blend of history, geography, and personal exploration, as the author ventures into remote and dangerous regions, including the infamous "Valleys of the Assassins." The book provides a detailed and vivid account of the author's experiences and observations, bringing to life the landscapes, cultures, and histories of the regions she explores.

    The 5928th Greatest Book of All Time

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