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Reading Lolita in Tehran - A Memoir in Books

Azar Nafisi

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 blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

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 blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
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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 blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

Language:

English

Length:

17h 38m


Chapters

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Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:07


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:25


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:50


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:55


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:35


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:08


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:51


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:45


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:33


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:23


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:41


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:26


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:14


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:29


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:07


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:15


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:07


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:17


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:59


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:21


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:45


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:13


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:16


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:50


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:31


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:59


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:36


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:26


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:18


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:25


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:24


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:38


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:49


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:19


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:47


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:14


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:01


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:12


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:45


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:25


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:06


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:02


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:05


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:31


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:11


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:03


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:53


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:25


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:42


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:02


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:40


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:38


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:54


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:47


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:42


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:30


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:04


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:04


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:38


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

08:03


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:37


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

09:06


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:11


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:14


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

08:13


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:36


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

08:12


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:17


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:57


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:34


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:29


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

09:09


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

09:05


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:19


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:04


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:28


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:51


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:02


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

08:25


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

08:42


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:42


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:10


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:05


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:38


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:04


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:56


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:52


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:30


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:21


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:47


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:19


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:42


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

08:49


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

07:19


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

05:00


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:57


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:35


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:36


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:15


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:24


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:09


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

07:16


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

00:40