Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

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.

Title:Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780812971064
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    Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books Reviews

  • Siria

    This book failed for me on a number of levels. The premise of it sounded interesting to me--a glimpse at the lives of women and academics under the totalitarian regime in Iran, arranged around a serie...

  • Emma

    I'm not sure I can finish this book. It's just so boring and self-important. And poorly written. My eyes keep crossing. It makes me angry because I think this COULD really be a good book. It has a goo...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar NafisiReading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books is a book by Iranian author and professor Azar Nafisi. Published in 2003, it was on the New York Tim...

  • Annalisa

    I feel like I showed up for class without reading the required assignment. This book should come with a prerequisite reading list: Lolita, Invitation to a Beheading, The Great Gatsby, Daisy Miller, an...

  • Oriana

    In case you don't know about this book yet (though, honestly, how could you not know about this book yet?), it is an absolutely amazing memoir by an Iranian woman who was a professor of English & Pers...

  • Greta G

    “What we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.”This book isn’t a fast read. I’ve started reading this memoir 24 October, and I only finished part 1 so far -77...

  • Khush

    The title itself is a rather catchy one, however, I must add that it is an important book. There are so many aspects of this memoir that I value a lot.For me it is less about totalitarian Regimes and ...

  •  Teodora

    This book was the perfect opportunity for me to learn things and witness insights about a country and a culture I don't know much and for that I am truly grateful. It is a beautiful story, sensible an...

  • Naomi

    I read this book while I was down with the flu, which added a dimention to my reading as I was isolated in my room for a couple of days. I read some of the reviews for this book on Good Reads and I mu...

  • Kareena

    This was a tough read. I suppose I would have appreciated it more if I had read all the books that were referenced in this one. And if I studied literature, studied the meaning of every scene, every c...