Writing Out Loud, 2010

"A spirited tribute both to the classics of world literature and to resistance against oppression."—Kirkus Reviews

Azar Nafisi

(ca. 1947– )

Azar Nafisi, who studied at the University of Oklahoma, keys her critically acclaimed bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran—A Memoir in Books (2003), to the novels she picked for a book club she formed after returning to Iran. As she reread classics, like Lolita, she and the students she was mentoring reexamined their loyalties to a country they no longer recognized.

An outspoken advocate for human rights, Azar has noted, “It takes courage to die for a cause, but also to live for one.”  Her latest memoir is Things I’ve been Silent About: Memories (2008).

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Did You Know...

Azar Nafisi's mother one of the first women to be elected to the Iranian parliament.

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Selected Works

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, 2003
Things I’ve Remained Silent About: Memories, 2008

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