every Thursday Morning For Two Years In The Islamic Republic Of Iran, A Bold And Inspired Teacher Named Azar Nafisi Secretly Gathered Seven Of Her Most Committed Female Students To Read Forbidden Western Classics. As Islamic Morality Squads Staged Arbitrary Raids In Tehran, Fundamentalists Seized Hold Of The Universities, And A Blind Censor Stifled Artistic Expression, The Girls In Azar Nafisi’s Living Room Risked Removing Their Veils And Immersed Themselves In The Worlds Of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, And Vladimir Nabokov. In This Extraordinary Memoir, Their Stories Become Intertwined With The Ones They Are Reading. reading Lolita In Tehran Is A Remarkable Exploration Of Resilience In The Face Of Tyranny And A Celebration Of The Liberating Power Of Literature.
the New York Times
[the Book] Is A Visceral And Often Harrowing Portrait Of The Islamic Revolution In That Country And Its Fallout On The Day-to-day Lives Of Ms. Nafisi And Her Students. It Is A Thoughtful Account Of The Novels They Studied Together And The Unexpected Parallels They Drew Between Those Books And Their Own Experiences As Women Living Under The Unforgiving Rule Of The Mullahs. And It Is, Finally, An Eloquent Brief On The Transformative Powers Of Fiction — On The Refuge From Ideology That Art Can Offer To Those Living Under Tyranny, And Art’s Affirmative And Subversive Faith In The Voice Of The Individual. — michiku Kakutani
Publish Date : 2003