Reading Lolita in Tehran

Author: Azar Nafisi

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588360792

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they began to open up and to speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading—Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita—their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran. Nafisi’s account flashes back to the early days of the revolution, when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran amid the swirl of protests and demonstrations. In those frenetic days, the students took control of the university, expelled faculty members and purged the curriculum. When a radical Islamist in Nafisi’s class questioned her decision to teach The Great Gatsby, which he saw as an immoral work that preached falsehoods of “the Great Satan,” she decided to let him put Gatsby on trial and stood as the sole witness for the defense. Azar Nafisi’s luminous tale offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, written with a startlingly original voice. Praise for Reading Lolita in Tehran “Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book. Azar Nafisi takes us into the vivid lives of eight women who must meet in secret to explore the forbidden fiction of the West. It is at once a celebration of the power of the novel and a cry of outrage at the reality in which these women are trapped. The ayatollahs don’ t know it, but Nafisi is one of the heroes of the Islamic Republic.”—Geraldine Brooks, author of Nine Parts of Desire

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Author: Azar Nafisi

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141982616

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 3146


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.

Summary of Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran

Author: Everest Media

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 57

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I chose seven of my best and most committed students and invited them to come to my house every Thursday morning to discuss literature. I was sure at least one would turn against me. But the students stood by me, and took off their headscarves. #2 I had many students over the years, and I would often photograph them together. I would always include Nassrin, but she would always be behind something or someone else. #3 I taught a class on the relation between fiction and reality, and we read Persian classical literature, such as the tales of Scheherazade, along with Western classics. We discussed how we can’t escape the reality of black-scarved, timid faces in the city below. #4 The living room was a symbol of my nomadic life. I had borrowed pieces of furniture from different times and places, and they created a symmetry that the other, more carefully furnished rooms lacked.

A Study Guide for Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410356280

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 24

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A Study Guide for Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Literary Newsmakers for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Literary Newsmakers for Students for all of your research needs.

Reading Lolita In Tehran

Author: Azar Nafisi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780007412556

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Prof. Nafisi resigned from her job as professor of English Literature at a university in Tehran in 1995 due to repressive government policies. For the next 2 years, until she left Iran, she gathered 7 young women, former students, at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss works of Western literature forbidden by the new regime. They used this forum to learn to speak freely, not only about literature, but also about the social, political, and cultural realities of living under strict Islamic rule.

A Study Guide for Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran

Author: Cengage Learning Gale

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781375386838

Category: Study Aids

Page: 60

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A Study Guide for Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Literary Newsmakers for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Literary Newsmakers for Students for all of your research needs.

The Republic of Imagination

Author: Azar Nafisi

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698170334

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 2415


A New York Times bestseller The author of the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran returns with the next chapter of her life in books—a passionate and deeply moving hymn to America Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her multimillion-copy bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics of English and American literature to her eager students in Iran. In this electrifying follow-up, she argues that fiction is just as threatened—and just as invaluable—in America today. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite novels, she describes the unexpected journey that led her to become an American citizen after first dreaming of America as a young girl in Tehran and coming to know the country through its fiction. She urges us to rediscover the America of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and challenges us to be truer to the words and spirit of the Founding Fathers, who understood that their democratic experiment would never thrive or survive unless they could foster a democratic imagination. Nafisi invites committed readers everywhere to join her as citizens of what she calls the Republic of Imagination, a country with no borders and few restrictions, where the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.