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Reading Lolita in Tehran
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 384

Reading Lolita in Tehran

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2003-12-30
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  • Publisher: Random House

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 t...

The Republic of Imagination
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

The Republic of Imagination

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-10-21
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  • Publisher: Penguin

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 books—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 threatened—and just as invaluable—in America today. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favor...

Reading Lolita in Tehran
  • Language: en

Reading Lolita in Tehran

The author presents a memoir of her life in post-revolutionary Iran, focusing on her organization of a group of young women in 1997 who met secretly once a week to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature.

Things I've Been Silent About
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 341

Things I've Been Silent About

A memoir offers a portrait of the author's family and childhood in Iran, centered around her powerful mother and her manipulative fictions about herself, as she reflects on women's choices and her own struggle to free herself from her mother's influence.

Loitering with Intent
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

Loitering with Intent

Where does art start or reality end? Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with the intent of gathering material for her writing, Fleur Talbot finds a job “on the grubby edge of the literary world” at the very peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs writing their memoirs in advance — or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? When the association’s pompous director steals Fleur’s manuscript, fiction begins to appropriate life.

Last Folio
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 127

Last Folio

  • Categories: Art

Last Foliofeatures stunning photographs taken by Yuri Dojc of once vibrant Jewish communities throughout Slovakia. Dojc's photographic journey began in an abandoned school in Bardejov where time had stood still since the day in 1942 when its students were taken to concentration camps. The books were still there, along with student essays marked with corrections and school reports — all disintegrating on dusty shelves. Dojc's eloquent photographs treat the decaying books as survivors, The last witnesses to what had been a thriving culture.Last Folioalso includes portraits of aging Slovak Holocaust survivors and images of the poignant ruins of schools, synagogues, mikvahs, and cemeteries. Wi...

That Other World
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

That Other World

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2019-06-25
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  • Publisher: Unknown

The foundational text for the acclaimed New York Times and international best seller Reading Lolita in Tehran

My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 132

My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes

Famous Iranian writers, artists, and intellectuals challenge Western (mis)perceptions about Iran in this watershed collection.

Down and Across
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 336

Down and Across

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-02-06
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  • Publisher: Penguin

"Quirky and charming, wise and unpredictable." —Khaled Hosseini, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion. With college applications looming and his parents pushing him to settle on a “practical” career, Scott sneaks off to Washington, DC, seeking guidance from a famous psychologist who claims to know the secret to success. He never expects an adventure to unfold. But that’s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he’s in for the ride of his life. Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try—all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be.

My Uncle Napoleon
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 507

My Uncle Napoleon

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2000-01-01
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  • Publisher: Mage Pub

A satire on Iranian society featuring an eccentric uncle, a snob with an invented heroic past who worships Napoleon, Hitler and hates the English. It is narrated by his nephew, who is in love with his daughter. The novel was made into a TV series.