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Azar Nafisi

Biography

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN and THINGS I'VE BEEN SILENT ABOUT. A passionate advocate of books and reading, she appears regularly on major media and speaks to packed audiences around the world. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Azar Nafisi

Books by Azar Nafisi

by Azar Nafisi - Literary Criticism, Memoir, Nonfiction

Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader told her that Americans don’t care about books the way they did back in Iran, Azar Nafisi energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels, Nafisi invites us to join her as citizens of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

by Azar Nafisi

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 by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. Nafisi's story is an exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.