Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Azar Nafisi

each Thursday morning for 2 years within the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a daring and encouraged instructor, secretly accrued seven of her so much devoted woman scholars to learn forbidden Western classics. a few got here from conservative and non secular households, others have been revolutionary and secular; a few had frolicked in reformatory. They have been shy and uncomfortable before everything, unaccustomed to being requested to talk their minds, yet quickly they got rid of their veils and started to talk extra freely–their tales intertwining with the novels they have been studying by means of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, as fundamentalists seized carry of the colleges and a blind censor stifled inventive expression, the ladies in Nafisi’s lounge spoke not just of the books they have been interpreting but additionally approximately themselves, their goals and disappointments.

Azar Nafisi’s luminous masterwork supplies us a unprecedented glimpse, from the interior, of women’s lives in innovative Iran. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a piece of serious ardour and poetic attractiveness, a notable exploration of resilience within the face of tyranny, and a party of the releasing energy of literature.

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