Reading Lolita in Tehran – by Azar Description:

Reading Lolita in Resonant and deeply affecting . . . an eloquent brief on the transformative powers of fiction-on the refuge from ideology that art can offer to those living under tyranny and arts affirmative and subversive faith in the voice of the individual. -MICHIKO KAKUTANI The New York Times [A] vividly braided memoir . . . Anguished and glorious. -CYNTHIA OZICK The New Republic Certain books by our most talented essayists . . . carry inside their covers the heat and struggle of a lifes central choice being made and the price being paid while the writer tells us about other matters and leaves behind a path of sadness and sparkling loss. Reading Lolita in Tehran is such a book. -MONA SIMPSON The Atlantic Monthly A poignant searing tale about the secret ways Iranian women defy the regime. . . . [Nafisi] makes you want to rush back to all these books to experience the hidden aspects shes elucidated. -Salon A quietly magnificent book . . . [Nafisis] passion is irresistible. -LA Weekly Azar Nafisis memoir makes a good case for reading the classics of Western literature no matter where you are. . . . [Her] perspective on her students plight the ongoing struggle of Iranian citizens and her countrys violent transformation into an Islamic state will provide valuable insights to anyone interested in current international events. -HEATHER HEWETT The Christian Science Monitor An intimate memoir of life under a repressive regime and a celebration of the vitality of literature . . . as rich and profound as the novels Nafisi teaches. -The Miami Herald An inspiring account of an insatiable desire for intellectual freedom. -USA Today Transcends categorization as memoir literary criticism or social history though it is superb as all three . . . Nafisi has produced an original work on the relationship between life and literature. -Publishers Weekly (starred review) Nafisis passion for books is infectious and her description of the effect of the revolution on its people is unforgettable. -Rocky Mountain News [A] sparkling memoir . . . a spirited tribute both to the classics of world literature and to resistance against oppression. -Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Nafisi artfully intertwines her own coming-of-age in pre-Revolutionary Tehran with the daily frustrations of her pupils. . . . [She] relates her girls moving stories with great sympathy. -Entertainment Weekly [Nafisi] reminds us why we read in the first place. -Newsday As timely as it is well-written . . . As the world seems to further divide itself into them and us Nafisi reminds her readers of the folly of thinking in black and white. -Cleveland Plain Dealer Readers will have a new appreciation for the worn Nabokov and James titles on their bookshelves after reading Nafisis engaging memoir. -Minneapolis Star Tribune Nafisis writing has painterly qualities. . . . She is able to capture a moment and describe it with ease and melancholy. . . . Reading Lolita in Tehran is much more than a literary memoir; it bes a tool for teaching us how to construe literature in a new more meaningful way. -Library Journal Brilliant . . . So much is right with this book if not with this world. -The Boston Globe I was enthralled and moved by Azar Nafisis account of how she defied and helped others to defy radical Islams war against women. Her memoir contains important and properly complex reflections about the ravages of theocracy about thoughtfulness and about the ordeals of freedom-as well as a stirring account of the pleasures and deepening of consciousness that result from an encounter with great literature and with an inspired teacher. -SUSAN SONTAG A memoir about teaching Western literature in revolutionary Iran with profound and fascinating insights into both. A masterpiece. -BERNARD LEWIS author of What Went Wrong? 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 dont know it but Nafisi is one of the heroes of the Islamic Republic. -GERALDINE BROOKS author of Nine Parts of Desire and Year of Wonders When I first saw Azar Nafisi teach she was standing in a university classroom in Tehran holding a bunch of red fake poppies in one hand and a bouquet of daffodils in the other and asking what is kitsch? Now mesmerizingly she reveals the shimmering worlds she created in those classrooms inside a revolution that was an apogee of kitsch and cruelty. Here people think for themselves because James and Fitzgerald and Nabokov sing out against authoritarianism and repression. You will be taken inside a culture and on a journey that you will never forget. -JACKI LYDEN author of Daughter of the Queen of Sheba Reading Lolita in Tehran – by Azar