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Reading Lolita in Tehran: [a memoir in books]

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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.
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Full title reading lolita in tehran
Author nafisi azar
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display_description 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.

From the Hardcover edition.
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subject_facet American literature -- Study and teaching -- Iran, Audiobooks, Books and reading -- Iran, English literature -- Study and teaching -- Iran, English teachers -- Iran -- Biography, Group reading -- Iran, Nafisi, Azar, Women -- Books and reading -- Iran
title_display Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
title_full Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books / Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran A Memoir in Books, Reading Lolita in Tehran [sound recording] / by Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran [sound recording] : [a memoir in books] / by Azar Nafisi
title_short Reading Lolita in Tehran :
title_sub [a memoir in books]
topic_facet American literature, Audiobooks, Biography & Autobiography, Books and reading, English literature, English teachers, Group reading, Nafisi, Azar, Nonfiction, Sociology, Study and teaching, Women, Women's Studies