๐Ÿ“’ Author : Azar Nafisi
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Random House
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 2003-12-30
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 384
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 1588360792
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : We all have dreamsโ€”things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisiโ€™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 readingโ€”Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolitaโ€”their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran. Nafisiโ€™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 Nafisiโ€™s class questioned her decision to teach The Great Gatsby, which he saw as an immoral work that preached falsehoods of โ€œthe Great Satan,โ€ she decided to let him put Gatsby on trial and stood as the sole witness for the defense. Azar Nafisiโ€™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 womenโ€™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.


๐Ÿ“’ Author : Azar Nafisi
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Penguin UK
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 2015-10-13
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 384
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 9780141982618
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : 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 and Pride 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 transformative power of books, the magic of words and the search for beauty in life's darkest moments.


๐Ÿ“’ Author : Azar Nafisi
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Hachette UK
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 2013-01-01
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 432
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 9780733630538
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : A professor teaches seven women forbidden literature in revolutionary Iran. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Azar Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. 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 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 โ€” Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita โ€” their Lolita, as they imagined her, in Tehran. Reading Lolita in Tehran offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of womenโ€™s lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, written with a startlingly original voice.


๐Ÿ“’ Author : Emira Derbel
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 2017-05-11
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 230
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 9781443892667
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : This book investigates the various reasons behind the elevation of the memoir, previously categorized as a marginalized form of life writing that denudes the private space of women, especially in Western Asian countries such as Iran. Through a comparative investigation of Azar Nafisiโ€™s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Marjane Satrapiโ€™s Persepolis (1) and (2), the book examines the way both narrative and graphic memoirs offer possibilities for Iranian women to reclaim new territory, transgress a post-traumatic revolution, and reconstruct a new model of womanhood that evades socio-political and religious restrictions. Exile is conceptualized as empowering rather than a continued status of loss and disillusionment, and the liminality of both women writers turns into a space of artistic production. The book also resists the New Orientalist scope within which Reading Lolita in Tehran, more than Persepolis, has been misread. In order to reject these allegations, this work sheds light on the representation of Iranian women in Reading Lolita in Tehran, not as weak victims held captive by a totalitarian version of Islam, but as active participants rewriting their stories through the liberating power of the memoir. The comparative approach between narrative and comic memoirs is a fruitful way of displaying similar experiences of disillusionment, loss, return, and exile through different techniques. The common thread uniting both memoirs is their zeal to reclaim Iranian womenโ€™s agency and strength over subservience and passivity.


๐Ÿ“’ Author : Azar Nafisi
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Penguin
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 2014-10-21
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 352
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 9780698170339
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : A New York Times bestseller The author of the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran returns with the next chapter of her life in booksโ€”a passionate and deeply moving hymn to America Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her multimillion-copy bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics of English and American literature to her eager students in Iran. In this electrifying follow-up, she argues that fiction is just as threatenedโ€”and just as invaluableโ€”in America today. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite novels, she describes the unexpected journey that led her to become an American citizen after first dreaming of America as a young girl in Tehran and coming to know the country through its fiction. She urges us to rediscover the America of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and challenges us to be truer to the words and spirit of the Founding Fathers, who understood that their democratic experiment would never thrive or survive unless they could foster a democratic imagination. Nafisi invites committed readers everywhere to join her as citizens of what she calls the Republic of Imagination, a country with no borders and few restrictions, where the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream. From the Trade Paperback edition.


๐Ÿ“’ Author : Azar Nafisi
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Random House
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 2008-12-30
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 368
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 1588367495
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : BONUS: This edition contains a Things I've Been Silent About discussion guide. In this stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, Azar Nafisi shares her memories of living in thrall to a powerful and complex mother against the backdrop of a countryโ€™s political revolution. A girlโ€™s pain over family secrets, a young womanโ€™s discovery of the power of sensuality in literature, the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by upheavalโ€”these and other threads are woven together in this beautiful memoir as a gifted storyteller once again transforms the way we see the world and โ€œreminds us of why we read in the first placeโ€ (Newsday).


๐Ÿ“’ Author : Fatemeh Keshavarz
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 2007-03-05
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 192
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 0807883751
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Literary Criticism

SYNOPSIS : In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present-day Iran provides a rare insight into this rich culture alive with artistic expression but virtually unknown to most Americans. Keshavarz introduces readers to two modern Iranian women writers whose strong and articulate voices belie the stereotypical perception of Iranian women as voiceless victims in a country of villains. She follows with a lively critique of the recent best-seller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which epitomizes what Keshavarz calls the "New Orientalist narrative," a view marred by stereotype and prejudice more often tied to current geopolitical conflicts than to an understanding of Iran. Blending in firsthand glimpses of her own life--from childhood memories in 1960s Shiraz to her present life as a professor in America--Keshavarz paints a portrait of Iran depicting both cultural depth and intellectual complexity. With a scholar's expertise and a poet's hand, she helps amplify the powerful voices of contemporary Iranians and leads readers toward a deeper understanding of the country's past and present.


๐Ÿ“’ Author : Vladimir Nabokov
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Vintage
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 2010-08-24
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 336
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 0307744027
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Fiction

SYNOPSIS : Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.


๐Ÿ“’ Author : Azadeh Moaveni
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Public Affairs
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 2005-03
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 249
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 1586481932
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : The story of the Iranian-American author's search for identity between two cultures torn apart by a violent history paints a rare and perceptive portrait of Iran's next generation. 50,000 first printing.


๐Ÿ“’ Author : Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
๐Ÿ“’ Publisher : Vintage
๐Ÿ“’ Release Date : 1989
๐Ÿ“’ Pages : 223
๐Ÿ“’ ISBN : 9780679725312
๐Ÿ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
๐Ÿ“’ Category : Fiction

SYNOPSIS : As the judge whispers the death sentence to Cincinnatus, a torturous period of waiting begins