1. What is the beginning image of Shah of Shahs? What is happening? Where is the author and what is he doing?
The author, Ryszard Kapuscinski, speaks of the mess in his hotel room. His tables are full of cryptic notes, notebooks, photos, cassettes and 8mm film. He is leaving Iran soon and must make sense of all of this fragmented media in his role as journalist.
2. What is the state of international tourism in Iran at the start of Shah and Shahs?
International tourism has stopped in Iran, and author Kapuscinski is the only guest in his hotel. This is a result of the xenophobia and rejection of internationalism preached by Khomeini and others.
3. What is Qom, and how is it associated with Ayatollah Khomeini?
Qom is a small town about a hundred miles south of Tehran, the capital. It is home to some of the most fervent religious fanatics in the country. This includes Khomeini, who was born and who lives in Qom.
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