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The Resource Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Label
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Title
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Statement of responsibility
Azar Nafisi
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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.Praise for Reading Lolita in Tehran"Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book. Azar Nafisi takes us into the vivid lives of eight women who must meet in secret to explore the forbidden fiction of the West. It is at once a celebration of the power of the novel and a cry of outrage at the reality in which these women are trapped. The ayatollahs don' t know it, but Nafisi is one of the heroes of the Islamic Republic."—Geraldine Brooks, author of Nine Parts of Desire
Summary
From 1995-97 in Iran, Azar Nafisi gathered with seven of her former students, all young women, to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. Reserved at first, the women soon learned to speak their minds and share their repressed dreams
Tone
Award
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Nonfiction, 2004.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2003.
Biography type
autobiography
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154166
Cataloging source
DLC
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Nafisi, Azar
Dewey number
  • 820.9
  • 920
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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a memoir in books
Label
Reading Lolita in Tehran
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:aee2f9d5-d863-4d1d-9dd3-7caf5fc22ab1
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781588360793
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:aee2f9d5-d863-4d1d-9dd3-7caf5fc22ab1
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781588360793
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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