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Nei due decenni successivi alla rivoluzione di Khomeini, mentre le strade e i campus di Teheran erano teatro di violenze tremende, Azar Nafisi ha dovuto cimentarsi in un'impresa fra le più ardue, e cioè spiegare a ragazzi e ragazze, esposti in misura crescente alla catechesi islamica, una delle più temibili inc
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Paperback, Gli Adelphi #303, 379 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Adelphi (first published March 25th 2003)
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Leah I didn't know much of anything and still understood it quite well. If anything, it will inspire you to learn more
Hannah Breckenridge I think it might be a good book to incorporate into a class which studies works that Nafisi addresses- but I do not necessarily buy that you need to…moreI think it might be a good book to incorporate into a class which studies works that Nafisi addresses- but I do not necessarily buy that you need to have read the books in order to enjoy the book. A lot of young students throughout jr and sr high today have a lot of difficulty connecting to classic works but really want to- so seeing Nafisi relate works like Lolita to real life circumstance in my eyes could heavily ignite a passion for literary analysis. That said, I was given the memoir for my 18th birthday and deeply enjoyed it- I think it would be appropriate for anyone 14+ and a few years older could probably glean more from it! :-)(less)

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Siria
This book failed for me on a number of levels. The premise of it sounded interesting to me--a glimpse at the lives of women and academics under the totalitarian regime in Iran, arranged around a series of bookclub meetings and analyses of various famous books. But for such a promising concept, and for a book which deals with so many serious and complex topics, it's facile and cliched. Almost alarmingly so, in fact.

The tone was the biggest failing for me. It's smug and self-important. For me, it
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Emma
Aug 01, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sheep
I'm not sure I can finish this book. It's just so boring and self-important. And poorly written. My eyes keep crossing. It makes me angry because I think this COULD really be a good book. It has a good premise, a lot of potential, and it's about a topic I'm actually very interested in and would like to know more about. But instead it's dry as hell and doesn't follow any cohesive pattern--it just feels like a lot of random moments in the life of Azar Nafisi strung together by some run-of-the-mill ...more
Annalisa
I feel like I showed up for class without reading the required assignment. This book should come with a prerequisite reading list: Lolita, Invitation to a Beheading, The Great Gatsby, Daisy Miller, and Pride and Prejudice or at least a warning for spoilers: (view spoiler). If I would have known Nafisi was going to delve into these literary pieces like she would one of ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books is a book by Iranian author and professor Azar Nafisi. Published in 2003, it was on the New York Times bestseller list for over one hundred weeks and has been translated into 32 languages. The book consists of a memoir of the author's experiences about returning to Iran during the revolution (1978–1981) and living under the Islamic Republic of Iran government until her departure in 1997. It narrat
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Oriana
Mar 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2007, phenomenal
In case you don't know about this book yet (though, honestly, how could you not know about this book yet?), it is an absolutely amazing memoir by an Iranian woman who was a professor of English & Persian literature at the University of Tehran before, during, and after the revolution and war with Iraq. Once wearing the veil became mandatory and she refused to wear one, she was forced to quit teaching, and one way she came up with to fill her time was to gather several of her most dedicated st ...more
Greta
Nov 05, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
“What we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.”

This book isn’t a fast read. I’ve started reading this memoir 24 October, and I only finished part 1 so far -77 pages of 347- and that already took me a while! Maybe I’m in a reading slump, but I doubt that, because I’m eager enough to read. Some other reviewers complained that the book is tedious, disjointed and all over the place, and that the author’s tone is smug and self-important. Except from the fact that whe
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Khush
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title itself is a rather catchy one, however, I must add that it is an important book. There are so many aspects of this memoir that I value a lot.

For me it is less about totalitarian Regimes and Iran, it is more about courage and integrity in times of crisis particularly when one is not allowed to do something as harmless as reading, and therefore one stands up against the bullies. When I read this book, I l felt like I were in a literature class with Ms. Nafisi her students. Reading forbid
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Laurae1212
I am a lover of books. I am a lover of history. I am a lover of cultures. Consequently, I expected to love this book. Sadly, I found my dissappointment growing with each page I turned. The premise of the novel was certainly interesting- exploring times, the way that they were viewed, the oppression of women, religious fanaticism and political regimes that adopted Sharia, family, and the overall way that a country grew dissillusioned with iteself through novels was certainly an interesting one. Y ...more
Kareena
Oct 14, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough read. I suppose I would have appreciated it more if I had read all the books that were referenced in this one. And if I studied literature, studied the meaning of every scene, every characterization, every image from the books, I might have appreciated it.

Unfortunately this was much too deep and a serious study of literature. I enjoyed her accounts of life in Tehran and the characters in her book. I enjoyed her personal accounts and her life stories. Unfortunately true life was
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Naomi
I read this book while I was down with the flu, which added a dimention to my reading as I was isolated in my room for a couple of days. I read some of the reviews for this book on Good Reads and I must say my experience of this book is quite different from what some other people have reported. Azar's opening two chapters were enough to suck me into her world and engross me. Her reading of Lolita was wonderful and I like the way she able to bring her reading of this book, her reflections on Humb ...more
Lorenzo Berardi
I hadn't read Nabokov's Lolita when I started this one.
What aroused my curiosity here was not the artfully chosen title of the novel, but its setting: the Islamic Republic of Iran, formerly known as Persia.

Truth be told, Iran has always interested me a lot, indeed.
Amir, my best friend during secondary school, had Iranian roots and he was (and still is) one of the most clever persons I know. I used to say that when Amir and I were 12 year old, we talked about topics I haven't found anyone to s
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Ana
To read a book about women who read Lolita in Tehran is to open the window to a world of dismay, in which even an act so pure and simple as enjoying fiction is considered treason, punishable by the wrongly proclaimed authorities in your life. I am constantly on the lookout for books which challenge my view of the world, or who have the power to paint a picture of another way of life, that I have been fortunate enough to never experience. "Reading Lolita in Tehran" is one of those books.

By no mea
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Gary
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than a combination of literary criticism and memoirs of living through the totalitarian ruthlessness of Islamist-ruled Iran, this book essentially examines how the author and a group of friends took refuge in literature from the totalitarian nightmare.
And at the same time using that literature to make sense of life under Islamo-Nazi repression.
The women in the group are able to make analogies of the works of Vladimir Nabokov, Jane Austen, Henry James and F Scott Fitzgerald with the society
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Carol
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
While I was reading this book, I was taken back in my mind to my college days. I enjoyed the philosophy behind the books these women studied and was unmistakably reminded of why I have always loved reading so much. I have not read all of the books discussed in the story, but many of them are on my to-read list, and now I am even more eager to read them.
Ivana Books Are Magic
I'm utterly and absolutely in love with this book. It is a contemporary masterpiece, the kind that deserves to be called a classic upon publication. Reading Lolita in Tehran is such a rare mix of extraordinary philosophical writing, academic literature essays, national history and personal memoir, that it deserves to be called 'one of a kind'. Truth be told, I can think of a similar novel by one Croatian professor of literature (you wouldn't have heard of him), who has been just as successful in ...more
Zanna
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iran, poetry
I wrote this review before I read Jasmine and Stars. I was too generous to Nafisi.

This book is very personal and my enjoyment of it is very much rooted in my experience of living with Iranian people in the UK and fascination with the country's history and culture. When I first read the book about ten years ago, I was astonished to read about how the 1979 revolution, which is seen by most Westerners as the triumph of Muslim extremists and had been described to me as the British/American led repla
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for all those who love modern classic literature and who are interested on what happened in Iran during the reign of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Iran-Iraq war in the early 80s. I was in college that time and I have been hearing and reading bits of news about that war. This book completed that story particularly its impact on the ordinary people particularly on its main characters.

Azar Nafisi, a lady author, effectively related her favorite modern fiction works (Lolita of
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Michael
An outstanding account by a literature professor of keeping the life of imagination alive through shared experience of fiction during the repressive decades of fundamentalist Muslim rule in Iran. The rise of Khomeini after the downfall of the corrupt regime of the Shah in the late 70's ushered in a cultural revolution that purged the universities of anyone who seemed to support decadent Western values and made the wearing of the veil (or chador) mandatory for women in public settings. Nafisi sur ...more
MissBecka
I didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped I would.
The writing is very impersonal and detached for a memoir. The dispassionate monotone delivery of the narration made this more abundant. I was actually quite bored for the majority of this audio book, which is 18.5 hours long.
There was a large portion where dissections of the books they read at the gatherings were delivered in the book like a university lecture. This made me a little upset since some of the books she delves into detail about I have
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Lena
Oct 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
In the shadows of all the bluster coming out of Iran these days, I try to remember those stories I've heard about Iranians who do not share the religious fervor of their political leaders and long for a more open society than the one that they currently have. Azar Nafisi's memoir about her life as a literature professor in Tehran the years following the revolution gave me a moving and painful glimpse into the lives of those who chafe under a kind of repression that I can only imagine.

Nafisi was
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Iqbal Al-Zirqi
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book wich introduced me to Azar Nafisi and her life in Iran before and during the Islamic revolution. I have to admit that when I started reading the book, I was slightley restless with the way she was describing each girl student who was joining her class at her house. However, little by little, I could not sleep whole nights before finishing it. The thing is that Nafisi is very clever author who knows how to attract you in a sneaky way. She pulled me to the atmosphere of the Iran un ...more
Book Riot Community
I bought this book years ago and let it sit on my shelf collecting dust until recently. I am so glad I finally picked it up! Aside from the one-sided reports I’ve seen on the news, I’ve always been ignorant of all things Iran. This book educated me on the history of the country and opened my eyes to the beauty and fortitude of the people (specifically the women) who call it home. Nafisi writes about her life before, during, and after her time in Iran through the lense of the Western classics she ...more
J
Jul 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From its provoking, intriguing title to its very last page, Azar Nafisi's book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, partly a narrative biography, partly a history of a nation and its people, and partly critical analysis of great American and British authors, is astonishing, enlightening, and important. Much like Marjane Satrapi's amazing graphic novels, Nafisi pulls back the headscarves, the long black robes dictated by the Guardian Council, to show us the modern women of Iran and how they fight to mainta ...more
Nicola
May 19, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This memoir about the power of books in a time of crisis and oppression definitely falls short of the transitive powers the novels it details possess. Though the overall message of the book is a powerful one, its disjointed narrative structure, organized by theme rather than true chronological order, left me more confused than inspired and did not help in my understanding of the bigger picture.

For someone fairly out of the loop as far as politics and world issues go, especially issues that start
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Cheryl
*4.5*

You will either hate or love Nabokov, Austen, and James after reading this book. Or curiosity will make you revisit their work, like it made me. At a time when I have Austen's novels lined up to read, this book was handy.

Nafisi is an academic--"too much of an academic" she says, one who believes that you don't just read about people like you, instead you read to learn about people unlike you (can we have more professors of literature like her?). It shows in this beautiful memoir on literatu
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Heather
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really would have liked to have seen a lot less "Reading Lolita" and a lot more "in Tehran." I've tried to read this book at least three times over the past three years and each time couldn't muster the energy to plow through it. I think the only reason I made it through this time was because of my long commute and the threat of being due back at the library soon.

As I said above, the parts of the book that dealt with the socio-political landscape of the Islamic Republic of Iran - how it chang
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
A good book about the power of books and reading, particularly for women in countries where that is not often encouraged. I feel like I read this sometime in grad school but before I started keeping track. I still haven't read Lolita.
Diane
I read this for my live bookclub...and if it weren't for that I would not have gotten through it. It was not an easy read by any stretch of the means; I did not truly connect with any of the players. But all of that aside, I am very glad I read this book as it gave me insight into a period of history that I knew fairly little about (I was too engrossed in my own high school and teen life) I'm embarrassed to say. And it also has given me a much clearer understanding of present day relations.

Whil
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Great Book Study
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, persian
I would give this 10 stars if I could.

My Review: Reading Lolita in Tehran .

Patricia Williams
Another book I could not finish. Just too much. The idea of the story was very good and I like all the characters, especially the "girls" who came to glasses at the home. I was very interested in them and their lives but IMO there was too much of the author saying the same thing over and over again. She was trying to make a point but she kept making the same one. Sorry about this. I wanted to like this book but could not enjoy it.
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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.

“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.” 1013 likes
“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.” 258 likes
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