Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in Tehran

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Every Thursday morning in a living room in Iran, over tea and pastries, eight women meet in secret to discuss forbidden works of Western literature. As they lose themselves in the worlds of Lolita, The Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice, gradually they come to share their own stories, dreams and hopes with each other, and, for a few hours, taste freedom. Azar Nafisi's bestselling memoir is a moving, passionate testament to the transformative power of books, the magic of words and the search for beauty in life's darkest moments.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 269g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241246237
  • 9780241246238
  • 36,013

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Engrossing, fascinating, stunning Margaret Atwood
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Remarkable ... an eloquent brief on the transformative power of fiction * The New York Times * Vivid, often heroic and sometimes funny ... Nafisi's rather wonderful book touches a beauty of its own -- Paul Allen * Guardian * Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book -- Geraldine Brooks I was enthralled and moved -- Susan Sontag Engrossing, fascinating, stunning -- Margaret Atwood
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About 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 is the author of The Republic of Imagination and Things I've Been Silent About, and lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two children.
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