Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (Paperback)
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Short Description for Reading Lolita in Tehran Includes a reader's guide and list of suggested reading.
- Published: 30 December 2003
- Format: Paperback 356 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780812971064 ISBN 10: 081297106X
- Sales rank: 75,456
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Full description for 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 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.