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Life as a Visitor

posted Dec 24, 2009, 6:30 AM by Pooya Ghoddousi
Life as a Visitor

Author: Angela M. Nazarian 
Date: September 2009 
Publisher: Assouline, France 
Price: $ 24.95 

Comment: “I may be what you call a permanent tourist no longer living beneath the sky that I was born under, but always on a quest or a journey,” writes Angela Nazarian. As an eleven year-old Iranian Jew, she was forced by increasing violence from her childhood cocoon in Teheran. But this first journey would be prophetic, as travel has become for her not only a way of life, but a way of understanding.
Part memoir, part travel diary, Life as a Visitor presents two Interwoven narratives of her family’s harrowing escape from revolution-rocked Iran to the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills, and of her own quest to understand both her past and present. Nazarian’s exploration of self masquerades as spectacular journeys through foreign lands, from wildebeest safaris to the gates of Petra, she takes in brutal poverty in Cambodia, exquisite beauty in Marbella, Spain, and one lonely tortoise in Galapagos Islands. Featuring an evocative selection of images, this multifaceted, impressionistic mix of prose and poetry is rich in observation and sensuous detail.