- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812973909
- ISBN-13: 978-0812973907
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Things I've Been Silent About: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter Paperback – March 2, 2010
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About the Author
Azar Nafisi is a visiting professor and the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic and has appeared on countless radio and television programs. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.
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The psychological traumas of abuse that she experienced as a young child from trusted family friends, were mentioned as if they happened yesterday; however, she seems to have survived very well as her life took on a new meaning through her academic endeavors. She reminisces about Iran; its veritable history and culture and the impact religious leaders had on their daily lives. Iran was a nascent democracy before it evolved into an absolute monarchy and later an Islamic republic.
She fondly recalled the shops and streets she visited with her mother as a child and the names of vendors who gave her candy and goodies; all told with excitement and joy. These were the moments that made her life bearable, sustainable and unforgettable .
This book amplifies some perspectives about life's challenges in Iran. For some, things seem to work themselves out. Azar, disenchanted with Iran, bundled up her fears and apprehensions and relocated to another world.
Bruce E. McLeod, Jr.
Las Vegas, Nevada
2 August 2013
It "drags"--hard to get into the life and times of the young girl--she needs a "ghost writer"--perhaps she is too close emotionally to the circumstances to keep the story "moving" and holding the reader's interest.
Every Family has a story. Sometimes though, it's one shrouded in drama, self-deception, and lies. Azar Nafisi's family is like that.
This former Iranian professor now resides in the US, having left her country for political reasons. Silent no longer, she speaks of her past or, more specifically, her mother's first marriage. She finds troubling inconsistencies in family history her mother told her. As an adult she chooses to probe for the truth.
In a country where she formerly enjoyed freedoms of speech, dress, social equality, religious practices and education, Nafisi is silent and chafing as her world--and that of all Iranian women--changes.
Writing about her family and the withdrawal of liberties, the author is introspective. At times it almost reads as a character analysis. And there are moments when the readers may wonder if Nafisi is more surprised than we at these discoveries.
This book would make an excellent selection for classes dealing with middle eastern culture, political change, Islamic repression, and women.