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Azar Nafisi
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  • About this Author
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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... Read More

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Reading Lolita in Tehran
A Memoir in Books
Written by Azar Nafisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $16.00

Winner, 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction

"This book transcends categorization of memoir, literary criticism or social history, though it is superb in all three."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to... Read more >
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Reading Lolita in Tehran
A Memoir in Books
Written by Azar Nafisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $18.00

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Reading Lolita in Tehran
A Memoir in Books
Written by Azar Nafisi


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback and a trade paperback.

Things I've Been Silent About

Written by Azar Nafisi


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Things I've Been Silent About
Memories of a Prodigal Daughter
Written by Azar Nafisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $16.00

Things I’ve Been Silent About is a stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, memories of her life lived in thrall to a powerful and complex mother, against the background of a country’s political revolution. A girl’s pain over family secrets; a young woman’s discovery of the power of sensuality... Read more >

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My Uncle Napoleon
A Novel
Written by Iraj Pezeshkzad
Translated by Dick Davis
Introduction by Azar Nafisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $16.00

The most beloved Iranian novel of the twentieth century

“God forbid, I’ve fallen in love with Layli!” So begins the farce of our narrator’s life, one spent in a large extended Iranian family lorded over by the blustering, paranoid patriarch, Dear Uncle Napoleon. When Uncle Napoleon’s least-favorite nephew falls for his daughter... Read more >

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Hadji Murad

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Alymer Maude
Introduction by Azar Nafisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $11.95

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Hadji Murad

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Alymer Maude
Introduction by Azar Nafisi


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 21, 2010
Price: $9.99

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