Reading Lolita in Tehran
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized... show more
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
Publish date: December 30th 2003
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 356
Edition language: English
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This is one of those books that comes along and turns everything you thought you knew upside down. I loved every minute of it and can't wait to read more from Nafisi. She manages to do so much in this book. It just amazes me. She makes me want to read everything over again (except Lolita which I rea...
Excellent book. The mix of literature as a way to escape the drama of war and the author's desire to stay true to her self make this memoir an essential reading for any woman living in a liberal country.
Around the Year Reading Challenge Item #11: A Book from the Rory Gilmore Reading ChallengeGosh, I wish I hadn't waited so long to write this review.This book was different than I expected it to be. Based on its descriptions, I thought it would be focused on the lives of the girls in the authors book...
Literature matters. I could argue for hours about the importance of stories and the transformative powers of words. But whatever I say pales in comparison to the experience of people like Azar Nafisi, who lived in Iran for 18 years during a time when literature was a matter of life and death. Her me...
This did lure me in and eventually beguile me, but certainly not from the first. Nafisi warns from the introduction that she would be changing details of the people presented not just to shield them from persecution but protect their privacy. I admit, I’ve become wary of creative non-fiction that ad...