CULTURE

Enigmatic ex-empress tells her story

The publishing and social event of this week in Athens was the visit by Farah Pahlavi, the former empress of Iran who once stood at the side of her husband, the late Shah Reza Pahlavi, on the Peacock Throne. After the shah divorced his second wife Soraya once she failed to produce an heir, he married the young architecture student Farah Diba, who became his empress and the mother of his three children. In the 25 years since the family was forced to leave Tehran, and after the death of her husband, Farah has concerned herself with bringing up her children, out of the public eye. Now after so many years, she has decided to tell her story, of her years in Iran and the years following. Farah Pahlavi came to Athens at the invitation of her friend Marianna Vardinoyianni, a fellow worker in the cause of helping children and families. The launch of Pahlavi’s book, translated into Greek, was held at the Athens Plaza Hotel by the publishers, Fereniki.