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  • Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Perennial (3. November 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007289537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007289530
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,6 x 19,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 74.078 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'Through her tales of discussing Henry James and Nabokov over cream cakes and coffee, we get a highly unusual insight into the youth of society about which we know little.' Sunday Times, Book of the Year 'Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book...It is at once a celebration of the power of the novel and a cry of outrage at the reality in which these women are trapped. The Ayatollahs don't know it, but Nafisi is one of the heroes of the Islamic Republic.' Geraldine Brooks 'I was enthralled and moved by Azar Nafizi's account of how she defied, and helped others to defy, radical Islam's war against women. Her memoir contains important and properly complex reflections about the ravages of theocracy, about thoughtfulness, and about the ordeals of freedom - as well as a stirring account of the pleasures and deepening of consciousness that result from an encounter with great literature and with an inspired teacher.' Susan Sontag


The inspirational tale of eight women who defied the confines of life in revolutionary Iran through the joy and power of literature. 'That room for all of us, became a place of transgression. What a wonderland it was! Sitting around the large coffee table covered with bouquets of flowers ! We were, to borrow from Nabokov, to experience how the ordinary pebble of ordinary life could be transformed into a jewel through the magic eye of fiction.' For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Azar Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. Shy and uncomfortable at first, they soon began to open up and speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading -- 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Washington Square', 'Daisy Miller' and 'Lolita' -- their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran.Nafisi's account flashes back to the early days of the revolution when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran amid the swirl of protests and demonstrations.

In those frenetic days, the students took control of the university, expelled faculty members and purged the curriculum. Azar Nafisi's luminous tale offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women's lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, written with a startlingly original voice.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Sancho Mahle am 12. Dezember 2011
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I appreciate books that have unusual but interesting settings. Reading Lolita in Tehran proved to be one of such books. I wasn't disappointed when I read it to the last page. Dwelling in an atmosphere of tyranny which breeds fear, the book talks of dissent in a new political system that is against openness in arts, culture, history and dissent. In the Iran of her times, even western literature was considered anti-revolutionary by the authorities, yet people stayed determined to pay any price to be connected to the rest of the world. War and peace still left the society yearning for freedom, a craving to be free that led to the author's decision to eventually leave Iran with her family to the United States of America. Like the saga Disciples of Fortune, finding sanctuary is the goal of any parent for his/her offspring.
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is a wonderful memoir. It is not loud 29. November 2014
Von Ken Kugler - Veröffentlicht auf
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Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi, is a wonderful memoir. It is not loud, nor in your face. It is a story of surviving changes and the struggle to survive.
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.
Disappointing 20. April 2014
Von S. E. Mcneil - Veröffentlicht auf
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I didn't expect a memoir which was composed mainly of the author's lecture notes about Nabokov, Fitzgerald, James ,etc. As an English major and career librarian, my life has been filled with literary criticism -- didn't expect more from an author who really can't write cohesively. These notes were scattered among comments and tales about faculty members, students. Midway through the section on Henry James I gave up! Not worth anymore of my time. Sorry!
Excellent walk in history 13. Mai 2014
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Gives a personal insight into issues in Iran from the 20th to the 21st Centuries. Well done, reads quickly for such historical issue.
Good read - just challenging 10. Dezember 2014
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Definitely a bit more difficult to hold the interest of a high school student - especially boys. Good read - just challenging.
Five Stars 15. Oktober 2013
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great buy, quick delievery.
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