he four sections comprising the book.
Seven committed students of Nafisi gathered in a single room every Thursday morning for two years and read forbidden Western classics. The women come from diverse backgrounds, some conservative and religious, while others secular and progressive. Shy and reserved initially, since they were not used to speaking their mind, the women begin to open up as they read the classics. The women gradually realized how their stories related to those written by Jane Austen, Vladimir Nabokov, Henry James, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. As these types of books were banned, modern teachings seized, artistic expression stifled, and freedom was arrested, these eight women expressed themselves to their fullest, speaking at length about their dreams, joys, and disappointments. Reading Lolita In Tehran explores and unveils the lives of women living under the Iranian Revolution. It is a passionate account of the struggle against tyranny through the magic of fiction.
The novel was received with phenomenal praise and celebration. It topped The New York Times Bestseller list for over 117 weeks and has so far been translated in 32 languages. It won Booksense's Non-fiction Book of the Year Award, 2004, the Frederic W. Ness Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2004 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Memoir.
About Azar Nafisi
Azar Nafisi is a bestselling author. Azar Nafisi's books include My Uncle Napoleon, Things I've Been Silent About: Memories Of A Prodigal Daughter, Shahnameh: The Persian Book Of Kings, and Hadji Murad. Nafisi received her education in Switzerland and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma. Nafisi is a visiting Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others. Nafisi has also served on the Board of Trustees for Freedom House, an NGO conducting advocacy on democracy, human rights, and political freedom, based out of United States.