Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
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Reading Lolita in Tehran
By Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran

A Memoir in Books

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Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

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Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; some had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they removed their veils and began to speak more freely their stories intertwining with the novels they were reading by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, as fundamentalists seized hold of the universities and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the women in Nafisi s living room spoke not only of the books they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Azar Nafisi s luminous masterwork gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women s lives in revolutionary Iran. "Reading Lolita in Tehran" is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny, and a celebration of the liberating power of literature."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780812979305
ISBN-10: 0812979303
Format: Paperback / softback
(207mm x 144mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi Reading Lolita in Tehran, Paperback (July 2015)

Every Thursday morning in a living room in Iran, over tea and pastries, the author and other women meet in secret to discuss forbidden works of Western literature. This book tells how they lose themselves in the worlds of Lolita, and share their own stories, dreams with each other, and, for a few hours, taste freedom.

Things I've Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi Things I've Been Silent About, Paperback (February 2010)

Reveals Azar Nafisi's personal story of growing up in Iran. This memoir shares her memories of a life lived in thrall to a powerful and complex mother, against the background of a country's political revolution. It shows the historical picture of a family that spans the many periods of change leading up to the Islamic Revolution of 1978-79.

Reading 'Lolita' in Tehran by Azar Nafisi Reading 'Lolita' in Tehran, Hardback (April 2003)

When Azar Nafisi was fired from Tehran University (where she was teaching English literature) because she refused to wear a veil, she gathered a group of her female students and resumed her classes at home, privately and discreetly.

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Author Biography - Azar Nafisi

AZAR NAFISI is a visiting professor and the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She has written for "The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, "and "The New Republic "and has appeared on countless radio and television programs. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

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