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Things I've Been Silent About: Memories

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I started making a list in my diary entitled Things I Have Been Silent About. Under it I wrote: “Falling in Love in Tehran. Going to Parties in Tehran. Watching the Marx Brothers in Tehran. Reading Lolita in Tehran. I wrote about repressive laws and executions, about public and political abominations. Eventually I drifted into writing about private betrayals, implicating m ...more
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Published December 30th 2008 by Random House (first published 2008)
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Thabit
May 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
ما رأيته في نفيسي أرعبني، فهي لا تشجع فقط على تبني الحضارة الغربية إنما تؤيد فرضها على المجتمع الإيراني الغارق في ما وصفته بتعاليم البرابرة "العرب" وهجومها المضلل على فترة خلافة عمر بن الخطاب كإثبات لتخلف وتوحش الحضارة العربية "الإسلامية" أمام الحضارة الفارسية بذكرها رواية أمر الخليفة الثاني بحرق أكبر المكتبات الساسانية كون البشر لا يحتاجون إلا للقرآن وهذه الرواية حالها كحال قصة علي بابا والأربعين حرامي "لمراجعة مدى مصداقية رواية حرق المكاتب يرجى قراءة كتاب الفتوحات العربية في روايات المغلوبين" ...more
Nahid Rachlin
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I liked this better than Reading Lolita. It's more personal and more accurate.
Terence
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Terence by: A.V. Club book review
Shelves: biography
Anyone hoping to get an inside look at Iran under the Shah and in the immediate aftermath of the revolution or a blow-by-blow account of political survival under dictatorships will be sorely disappointed when they read Nafisi's final sentence and close this book. This is not that book. To be honest, it's not even a particularly Iranian or even Muslim book. What it is, is the intensely personal account of a woman and her relationship to her parents; how it disastrously warped and positively shape ...more
Ebtihal Abuali
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memior
هذا الكتاب يجعلني اشعر بتقدير خاص للسير الذاتية النسوية، ويذكرني مباشرة بتلك السيرة الجميلة التي قرأتها لليف أولمن (أتغير) فأهميتها بالنسبة لي تكمن في تلك الافكار والمشاعر والمواقف الخاصة بالمرأة، أهميتها تأتي في أن تقول بأن أحدا خاض كل هذا، وأنه مَر.

سيرة آذر نفيسي هي سيرة علاقتها الشائكة بأمها، منذ طفولتها والى ما بعد هجرتها ووفاة أمها. وصحيح أنها وضعت مجهودا خطيرا في رسم خلفية تاريخية للتحولات السياسية في ايران: صعود البهلويين، المخططات الاصلاحية، الانقلابات والاضطرابات، ثم الثورة الاسلامية وا
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Kim

I read Nafisi's best known book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, when it was first published in 2003. While I appreciated the work, it did not leave me with a desire to read anything else by Nafisi. I admired the writing, but I had conceived a dislike for the writer. I cannot easily explain why. However, it seemed to me that there was something unapproachable about Nafisi - an intellectual arrogance, maybe - which made me unable to warm to her.

A few weeks ago I became involved in a discussion about I
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فهد الفهد
أشياء كنت ساكتة عنها

مدفوعاً بذكرى (أن تقرأ لوليتا في طهران) كتاب نفيسي السابق الجميل، قرأت هذا الكتاب الذي يفترض به أن يكون سيرة سابقة لعودة نفيسي من أمريكا ومعاناتها مع نظام الملالي، هذه سيرة نفيسي الطفلة والشابة، ذكريات الأم والأب، ذكريات الزواج الأول والثاني، ذكريات المدرسة ومجتمع ما قبل الثورة، ولكن كل هذا البوح والذي يتمدد على ما يزيد على 400 صفحة، ليس له مذاق (أن تقرأ لوليتا في طهران)، ليس له خفتها، تركز نفيسي على والدتها – التي ستثير غيظ أي قارئ -، ووالدها محافظ طهران السابق والذي عانى ك
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Ahmed Almawali
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قليلةٌ هي الكتبُ التي نحزنُ على انتهائها، وهذا الكتاب من بين الكتبِ التي حزنتُ على أنها انتهت. هذا الجمالُ كان يستحق ترجمةً تحسنُ إظهارَ حُسنِ مخزونه الثر ولكن الترجمةَ جاءت أقل من المأمول ومع ذلك فالجمالُ السرديُّ يغطي عن بعضِ العيوبِ، لننظرَ مثلا كلمةَ (خاصتي) ومشتقاتها فيكادُ لا تخلو بضعُ صفحاتٍ منها.
هي مذكراتٌ لأبيها وأمها وايران وتحولاتِها لما يقارب قرنا من الزمنِ أكثرَ من كونها لها، خناقاتُ أبيها وأمها وما رافقه من طموحٍ سياسي سرعان ما تلاشى بسبب السجنِ ثم الثورة، هذه الخناقات جعلت منها آذ
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Irwan
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, finished
Reading a memoir, at worst, satisfies us the way gossip shows do. We peep into other people’s life and see things similar or different from ours. We take pleasures from mistakes and failures that others do - we learn the lessons or just secretly be thankful that it doesn’t happen to us.

At best, reading a memoir is like being a confidant to a close friend. She opens up her life, her intricate relationship with her parents, and her experience as an individual citizen in the political, religious co
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ريم الصالح
ذكريات، هي تماماً ذكريات.
تسترجع آذر نفيسي هنا ذاكرةً طويلة مشحونة بجفاء الأم وحزن الأب،
مشحونة بوطن ينسل من اليد دون أن تقدر على فعل شيء..
في هذا الكتاب تستعيد آذر حالتها المهتاجة تجاه سيطرة أمها، منذ سن الرابعة
منذ أن مُنِعت من تغيير مكان سريرها..

هذا الكتاب يدخلك إلى قلب آذر نفيسي، وأنت لن تشعر بالاندفاع الروحي عند أيّ قلب تدخله طبعاً.
أعني أن الفضول وحده هنا لا يكفي!
إذا كنت تحب آذر فحتماً سيكون ذلك كفيلاً بإبقاء هذا الكتاب بين يديك إلى نهاية الرحلة.

أعتقد أن هذا الكتاب مهم عبر خلقه -لقارئ الأدب ال
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Simona
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dopo "Leggere Lolita a Teheran" ritorno ad assaporare, a vivere il mondo di Azar Nafisi. Il mondo raccontato dalla Nafisi è un mondo affascinante per certi versi, in quanto ci permette di conoscere meglio Teheran, la sua terra natìa, ma è allo stesso tempo un mondo difficile e particolare in quanto vi sono leggi e divieti incomprensibili e deleteri per una donna.
"Le cose che non ho detto" è un viaggio che racconta cosa significa essere donna a Teheran dove tutti i tuoi diritti sono violati. E'
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Marina Nemat
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Things I’ve Been Silent About is the second memoir of Azar Nafisi, the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, which became an international bestseller in 2003. This new book is a collection of memories of Nafisi’s growing up in Tehran as a privileged young girl in an elite family with a complicated, overwhelming mother, who didn’t give her children any personal space, and a charming but sad father, who filled Nafisi’s childhood with stories from the Shahnameh (The Persian Book of Kings) and whose d ...more
CJ
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-books
This book took me forever to finish. I'm not sure what I expected, but this wasn't it. I remember the Iranian revolution. I was in junior high and high school when the Americans were taken hostage in the embassy and I clearly remember the events as they were happening. I guess I wanted an idea of what it was like from someone who was actually there.

Nafisi is the pampered daughter of two people who were both well connected. Her father was an advisor to the Shah and her mother eventually became pa
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Chris
This book isn't about Iranian politics. It's about an Iranian daughter and her family. This isn't a bad thing. Nafisi is a fasinating woman, and this book, written in chronological sequence, is in many ways a mediation on family which makes it strangely compelling. It is as if you are watching Nafisi walk back thorough her memories.

Yet despite its very personal feel, the book also is a good way to show the differences and similarities of culture. Nafisi family is warped but in much the same way
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Diane S ☔
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Review soon.
Kefaya Al Mubarak
الكثير من محطات التأمل في هذا الكتاب.. فعلاً.. هناك من المواقف التي تمر علينا في الحياة يكون علينا من الصعب التعبير عنها في حينها.. ونضطر للسكوت.. لكن الوقت لابد أن يحين للتعبير والحديث عنها..

#أشياءٌ_كنت_ساكتةٌ_عنها للكاتبة #آذر_نفيسي .. هي مذكرات وجدت فيها تنفيسًا عن مكنونات النفس .. التي وجدت أخيرًا طريقها للتحرر ..

بين صفحات هذه المذكرات.. وجدت التاريخ والفلسفة والفكر وعلم النفس.. وجدت دور العائلة والأم -بالخصوص- .. الطموح والاجتهاد..

وجدت لحظات الطفولة وشقاوتها.. وجدت المراهقة ورعونتها.. وج
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Stephanie
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-reading
This is one of those books that I could easily see how someone else could feel differently about when they read it. It is both an autobiography, and a picture of the Iranian political system during a certain point in time.

For me, the family dysfunction on the autobiographical side was difficult to read. This is a family full of the kind of jealousies, back-biting, and petty cruelties which are more painful than enlightening to read about. There is no arch to the story; this family story ends wi
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❦ إيكومازوف ❦
كتاب رائع جدا
وهو تكملة لكتاب " أن تقرأ لوليتا في طهران "وهو أفضل من أن تقرأ لوليتا في طهران من حيث أنه تطرق لمواضيع الفتيات الإيرانية في مواجهة الدولة الإسلامية في القرن العشرين
يبقى أن الكاتبة متحررة كثيرا عن النظام الإسلامي وحبها تحدي كل ما هو ممنوع

كما يقول الأغلب نقتقر إلى وجهة الإسلامين الإيرانيين

حيث أنهم لم يؤمنوا كما هو الواضح أن ينشروا ثقافتهم عن طريق الكتب بل عن طريق العملي

تكلمت عن المصاعب التي خاضتها هي وعائلتها
الشخصية الوحيدة التي أردت أن أعدمها هي أمها
كم هو شامخ أبوها
كم هو عطوف أخ
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Golriz
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The author is my cousin.
at first i thought im only interested in this book because it reveals a past that no one in my family cares to speak about-'we dont air our dirty laundry in public'- but then after two chapters i began to see that there is some sort of magic in her way of telling the stories...
Intesar Alemadi
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: intesar-book
أشياء كنت ساكتة عنها ..
آذر نفيسي ..
إيران ..


من كتاب ( أن تقرأ لوليتا في طهران ) الرائع .. تشجعت لشراء كتاب ( أشياء كنت ساكتة عنها ) لنفس الكاتبة .. يصنف الكتاب ضمن السيرة الذاتية .. تروي نفيسي في كتابها هذا عن حياتها الشخصية وعلاقتها بوالديها .. وعلاقة والديها وقربهما من الشاه .. فتسرد فترة حكم الشاه وثورة الخميني وحياتها ما بعد الثورة وحتى هجرتها النهائية إلى أمريكا .. الرواية مليئة بالتفاصيل والعلاقات المختلفة في الأجواء الأسرية الإيرانية .. كتاب لا تود منه أن ينتهي .. رائع ومميز .. الكاتبة من
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Kathleen Hagen
Things I’ve Been Silent About, by Azar Mafisi, narrated by Maila Azad, produced by Books on Tape, downloaded from audible.com.

In this book, Mafisi tells us more about her actual life. Her previous bestseller, “Reading Lolita in Tehran” described what it was like to teach in Iran especially after the revolution. This second book tells us about Azar growing up in Iran in an unusual family. Her father was mayor of the town but then got on the wrong side of the Shah and was thrown into jail for thre
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Haneen
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
لغة آذر نفيسي جميلة، لا أعتقد أن قراءة السير الذاتية هي الوسيلة الأفضل للبحث في التاريخ، لكنني أحب أن أقرأ التاريخ على لسان من عايشه رغم استحالة حياديّته.
قراءتي الثانية لآذر عقب "أن تقرأ لوليتا في طهران".

مراجعتي على موقع عنب بلدي:

كتاب “أشياء كنتُ ساكتة عنها” هو سيرة ذاتية، أصدرتها الكاتبة الإيرانية آذر نفيسي، بعد خمس سنوات من كتابها الأول “أن تقرأ لوليتا في طهران”.

تروي نفيسي على مدار قرابة 500 صفحة حياتها الشخصية، طفولتها وجذورها، والظروف التي نشأت فيها، دراستها وسفرها إلى أوروبا وأمريكا، وزواجه
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Iowa City Public Library
In Things I’ve Been Silent About, Azar Nafisi writes about growing up in Tehran. Regardless of living in a country that is undergoing revolutionary change, Nafisi’s parents steal the show in this memoir. Her mother, Nezhat Nafisi, although somewhat overbearing, is a complicated person who is living in the past, but ahead of her time as a member of the Iranian parliament. Her father, Ahmad Nafisi, was mayor of Tehran before the Revolution and offers a perspective into the political establishment ...more
Mary
Apr 29, 2009 rated it liked it
this makes a good enrichment for her book "Reading Lolita in Tehran". she talks a lot about the reading and her study of literature, and her teaching--but the main thrust of this book is personal--her upbringing in an educated middle-class home, with Islam culturally part of the family's life, but mostly secular. Her family quite dysfuncional, especially her mother, frustrated herself and unable to move beyond it, not realizing how much she traumatized her daughter and the ytounger brother, not ...more
Jafar
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I really liked Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran, but as I held this book in my hand at the bookstore, I thought to myself, do I really care about this woman enough to read her life story, and does she have an interesting life? I’m skeptical of writers who feel compelled to write their autobiographies without really having anything interesting to say. Even really great writers can write autobiographies that shouldn’t have been written. Nabokov’s was a long yawn. Sartre’s was just absurd and pret ...more
Iris
Aug 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
First, I did not like Reading Lolita in Tehran. I thought the idea was ingenious, perhaps even brilliant, but was quickly strangled by a string of cliche's, which, unfortunately, followed the author throughout her memoir: Things I've Been Silent About.
One almost wishes she had remained silent. The book is self-indulgent (bordering on narcissistic), petulant, and disappointingly unoriginal. A good portion of the book focuses on her relationship with her mother only to end in the anti-climatic: "
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Lavender Libya
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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سيرة ذاتية للكاتبة آذار نفيسي استمتعت بقراءة هذه السيرة لأقصي درجة اعجبني اهتمام الكاتبة بأضافة صور شخصية لسيرتها الذاتية تضمنت صور حفلات رفاف عائلية وصور شخصيات مؤثرة في بلادها ايران السيرة تنوعت بين سرد طبيعة العلاقة بين الكاتبة وامها ووالدها وتفاصيل الاحداث السياسية المختلفة التي توالت علي دولة ايران سواء خلال حكم شاه ايران او فترة الثورة الأسلامية التي غيرت واقع الحياة في ايران سرد الكاتبة للوقائع التاريخية والسياسة ابتعد عن السرد النمطي الممل للاحداث السياسة وكان اقرب لحديث شاهدة عيان لتلك ...more
ليلى المطوع
عند قراءتك لهذه السيرة عليك ان تجهز نفسك لموجه كبيرة من الملل والحشو والمشاكل العائلية وعلاقة الفتاة المسكينة بأمها المتسلطة، وهذه الفتاة لم تستطع تجاوز محنتها مع والدتها رغم انها اصبحت تمتلك عائلة رائعة ومنصب لابأس به ، ورغم ان والدتها توفت منذ مايزيد عن 10 سنوات الا انها مازالت متحاملة عليها وفي نهاية الكتاب قررت ان تضع لها شكرا ، طيب والقارئ المسكين، المنكد عليه


اغفر لها من اجل بعض المعلومات التي دستها عن الثورة والادباء .كنت اتمنى ان تتحدث عن هذه التفاصيل للقارئ المتشوق لمعرفة ماذا حدث لاير
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Rufaidah Al-faraj
بالرغم اني لم اعد عارفه هل اصدق انسانه هي بحد ذاتها ضائعة بهويتها مشتته بين اسرتها وبين عالمها..الا ان احببت الكتاب الذي اعاد لي صياغة الكثير من المصطلحات التاريخية و الامور التي كنت غافلة عنها..غني بمعلومات لابد ان ارجع اليها بين وقت الى اخر..
Sara Cantoni
Della Nafisi ho letto e adorato Leggere Lolita a Teheran. Questo volume autobiografico fa da completamento alla lettura precedente: in Le cose che non ho detto la Nafisi ci racconta la storia della sua famiglia a partire dalla sua infanzia e fino alla morte dei genitori.
Un volume tutto incentrato sulla famiglia e sulle relazioni tra i suoi membri: il passato dei genitori che entra irruento nel presente dei figli modellandone il futuro.
Un testo che sicuramente è una grande testimonianza di amore
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Stefania T.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Uno dei poteri della lettura, il lato per così dire "collettivo" della lettura (non in contrapposizione, ma accanto a quelli che sono i suoi tratti di fruizione e beneficio strettamente personali e meravigliosamente egoistici), è quello di connettere sulla mappa geografica culturale ed esistenziale individui fra loro lontanissimi, che mai potrebbero conoscersi e comprendersi e amarsi senza un libro a fare loro da intermediario.

Io non c'entro niente con l'Iran. Non ne conosco la cultura, la stor
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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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