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Reading Lolita in Tehran Paperback – January 1, 1688
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- Publisher : Penguin Classics (January 1, 1688)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0241246237
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241246238
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 0.83 x 7.8 inches
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Azar Nafisi is a teacher of Western Literature. She taught at the University of Tehran before the Islamic Revolution and after. This is the story of what she and her students endured. It is also a story of mental survival, not only for Azar but for many of her students. Her home was a refuge from a society that had been turned on its head. In her home, where the literature discussions occurred, the students, all women, were able to literally let their hair down and dress how they wanted and to express themselves without the fear that was part of their lives outside those walls.
Azar goes back and forth between her classes at the University and her home. This way you can see the safe haven the world turned upside down. You get to watch the society close in on its self and those trapped as the censors of life and proper behavior become more and more shrill.
Looking back on her life, Azar realizes how at times she ignored the reality and did things that were foolish to her own safety and wellbeing as well as those around her. She sometimes challenged students in her class that she knew were involved in the Revolutionary Guard. Simply shaking hands with men who were not her husband or relative was not to be done. Her teaching about western society through books was looked down upon.
So why did she stay as long as she did? You will have to read this book to glimpse into this woman’s mind and come to your own conclusion.