Shah of Shahs
Introduced by Maziar Bahari
Translated by Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand and William R. Brand
Illustrated with archive photography, Ryszard Kapuściński’s masterpiece of reportage, Shah of Shahs, is a welcome addition to the Folio collection.
‘Dazzling ... He brings the world to us as nobody else’
In 1979, the Shah of Iran’s tyrannical reign was brought to a bloody end when revolution transferred power to Ayatollah Khomeini and the country became an Islamic Republic. Throughout the final weeks of violent transition, Polish journalist and author Ryszard Kapuściński covered the story. A veteran of revolutionary reporting, and with first-hand experience of life under a despotic regime, he was uniquely placed to unravel the complexities of Iranian politics for a Western readership. As the city emptied of tourists and correspondents, Kapuściński was the last guest in his Tehran hotel, and he began to gather the information he needed to write Shahs of Shahs. This new edition of his renowned work is illustrated with 22 carefully researched photographs from the period, and includes a striking binding design by David Foldvari, an illustrator known for his politically charged artwork.
Three-quarter bound in blocked cloth with a paper front board printed and blocked with a design by David Foldvari
Set in Arno Pro
Frontispiece and 12 pages of black & white photographs
9˝ x 6¼˝