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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

By: Azar Nafisi
Published: 2004, ©2003
Pages: 356 (Includes Discussion Guide)
Total Copies: 17
Genre: Nonfiction | Social Issues | Biographies & Memoirs | Regional, Middle East  | Cultural, Muslim | Books About Books

Description: Every Thursday morning in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher 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.

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