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Azar Nafisi, Ph.D. (Persian: آذر نفیسی) (born December 1955) is an Iranian professor and writer who currently resides in the United States.

Nafisi's bestselling book Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books has gained a great deal of public attention and been translated into 32 languages.



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Azar Nafisi first of all, can we be in touch via our social media? I love to know about your experiences and your students' reactions....I hope high school…morefirst of all, can we be in touch via our social media? I love to know about your experiences and your students' reactions....I hope high school students when reading about my students in Iran or about a girl like Malala will realize that this freedom they enjoy was not achieved easily, I hope they will base their life's goal not on what others tell them is good for them, but on their passion, on what they really love in life, and know that to pursue love you have to pay the price but it is worth it, it will give your life a fuller meaning, it will make you love yourself and the world and not despair! If they did it in Iran under those circumstances, I am sure we can do it here.... (less)
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Azar Nafisi Dear Parto, think hard about what you really want to do in life. Is writing your passion? If so you have chosen a very difficult path, but a very…moreDear Parto, think hard about what you really want to do in life. Is writing your passion? If so you have chosen a very difficult path, but a very rewarding one, and the first condition is to be as honest with yourself as you can. Readers are not fools, they instinctively react to a writer who is writing honestly and revealing the truth as she sees it and the one who is merely whitewashing. You need to be your most severe critic and you need to be the one most satisfied with what you have written. To me sales are not important, because I love writing and I cannot write without being true to what I need to say. Sometimes my books sell a lot, sometimes not, there is no guarantee....But I am not passing a judgement here, you go after what you love, if you think your desire is to be simply a bestseller go for it.. But I never thought Reading Lolita would sell more than 9,000 copies if that! (less)
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October 2014, Azar Nafisi
"Her Favorite Books About Why We Read: Reading is like breathing for many of us, including the author of The Republic of Imagination, who shares a special list." ...More

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“You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place, I told him, like you'll not only miss the people you love but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you'll never be this way ever again.”
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

“Do not, under any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.”
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

“You don't read Gatsby, I said, to learn whether adultery is good or bad but to learn about how complicated issues such as adultery and fidelity and marriage are. A great novel heightens your senses and sensitivity to the complexities of life and of individuals, and prevents you from the self-righteousness that sees morality in fixed formulas about good and evil.”
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

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