Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

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.

The 4126th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 182

Since this book was first published in 2003, there is a penalty of 46.4%. The age adjusted score is 97.55.

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