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Free Library of Philadelphia - Azar Nafisi - The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books
Joseph Fox Bookshop, Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm
The republic of imagination: America in Three Books Azar Nafisi Azar Nafisi is best known for 2003’s Reading Lolita in Tehran, an impassioned account of two years spent secretly teaching banned western novels to female students in her native Iran. Transcending “categorization as memoir, literary criticism, or social history” (Publishers Weekly), it spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She has been a visiting fellow and lecturer at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School, has published much scholarly work, and has written for such publications as the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. The republic of imagination blends thesis with memoir as Nafisi pays tribute to her three favorite American novels. Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway) This is a TICKETED event; $15 General Admission, $7 Students. Book with ticket, $36. For more information, please call 215-567-4341, or click here

Location: Street: Free Library of Philadelphia Additional: 1901 Vine Street City: Philadelphia, Province: Pennsylvania Postal Code: 19103-5207 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Politics and Prose, Friday, October 24 at 7pm
Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran showed how essential literature is to life in a repressive culture. Does fiction play a similar role in a free society? Arguing passionately that it does, Nafisi combines memoir with close readings of works by Twain, McCullers, and Sinclair Lewis to demonstrate fiction’s power to keep minds open and resistant to conformity. (Viking)

Beer and wine will be available.

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Azar Nafisi
Booknotes, Sunday, June 8, 2003
Azar Nafisi discusses Reading Lolita in Tehran.

—from the publisher's website 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 the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading—Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita—their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran. Nafisi’s account flashes back to the early days of the revolution, when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran amid the swirl of protests and demonstrations. In those frenetic days, the students took control of the university, expelled faculty members and purged the curriculum. When a radical Islamist in Nafisi’s class questioned her decision to teach The Great Gatsby, which he saw as an immoral work that preached falsehoods of “the Great Satan,” she decided to let him put Gatsby on trial and stood as the sole witness for the defense. Azar Nafisi’s luminous tale offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, written with a startlingly original voice. (timspalding)… (more)
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