Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi is an Iranian-American author, best known for her national bestseller 'Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books', which narrates her experiences as a professor of English literature in Iran and the impact of the Islamic Revolution on women's rights and cultural freedom. She has written extensively on the political and social conditions in Iran and the United States, and her works often explore themes of literature, society, and the rights of women.


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  1. 1. Reading Lolita in Tehran

    The book is a memoir that takes place in Iran from 1979 to 1997, during the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. The story focuses on a professor who secretly gathers seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western literature in her home. As they read and discuss works by authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, and Vladimir Nabokov, they explore their personal dreams and the losses they suffered due to the political, social, and cultural climate of the time.

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