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Reading Lolita in Tehran : Penguin Modern Classics - Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Penguin Modern Classics

Paperback Published: 2nd July 2015
ISBN: 9780241246238
Number Of Pages: 364

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'That room, for all of us, became a place of transgression. What a wonderland it was!'

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 andPride 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 transforming power of books, the magic of words and the search for beauty in life's darkest moments.

'I was enthralled and moved.' Susan Sontag

About the Author

Azar Nafisi is a visiting professor and the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She is the author of The Republic of Imagination and Things I've Been Silent About and lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two children.

Industry Reviews

Engrossing, fascinating, stunning -- Margaret Atwood
I was enthralled and moved -- Susan Sontag
Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book -- Geraldine Brooks
Vivid, often heroic and sometimes funny ... Nafisi's rather wonderful book touches a beauty of its own -- Paul Allen * Guardian *
Remarkable ... an eloquent brief on the transformative power of fiction * The New York Times *

ISBN: 9780241246238
ISBN-10: 0241246237
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 2nd July 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.1  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.27

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