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In the Spring of 2005, self-proclaimed traveling artist Lukas Birk and visual artist Sean Foley came into Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran as tourists. As innocent as it sounds, their adventure was a very dangerous endeavor. They risked their lives to do art journalism, documenting their adventures in interviews, poetry, prose, and photography.
In the spring of 2006, Austrian Lukas Birk, under the alias “Smiley Wallah” ventured into Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran as a tourist—a dangerous endeavor the average person would never dream of doing. In his travels, Birk encounters people from all over the world—Vietnam, Germany, and France, for example, and in interviews with them which he presents in the book, he reveals their stories, what brought them to the region, their views of America, and their views of the region. Lukas has been on travel for the last 10 years focusing on East Asia and the Middle East.