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Azar Nafisi

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
Written by Azar Nafisi
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | December 2003
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7106-4 (0-8129-7106-X)

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






Reading Lolita in Tehran
Written by Azar Nafisi
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | November 2008
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7930-5 (0-8129-7930-3)

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; some had spent time in jail... Read more






Things I've Been Silent About
Written by Azar Nafisi
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | March 2010
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7390-7 (0-8129-7390-9)

In this stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, Azar Nafisi shares her memories of living in thrall to a powerful and complex mother against the backdrop of a country’s political revolution. A girl’s pain over family secrets, a young woman’s discovery of the power of sensuality in literature, the... Read more






My Uncle Napoleon
Written by Iraj Pezeshkzad, Translated by Dick Davis, Introduction by Azar Nafisi
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2006
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7443-0 (0-8129-7443-3)

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






Hadji Murad
Written by Leo Tolstoy, Translated by Alymer Maude, Introduction by Azar Nafisi
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | July 2003
$11.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6711-1 (0-8129-6711-9)

In 1851 Leo Tolstoy enlisted in the Russian army and was sent to the Caucasus to help defeat the Chechens. During this war a great Avar chieftain, Hadji Murád, broke with the Chechen leader Shamil and fled to the Russians for safety. Months later, while attempting to rescue his family from... Read more





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