Azar Nafizi on "Reading Lolita in Tehran"

November 20, 2011

You wouldn’t think the novel “Lolita” would go over big in an underground women’s book club in Tehran. But literature, like the people who read it, has a way of surprising you.  Azar Nafizi is the author of the celebrated memoir “Reading Lolita in Tehran.”   She was an English professor at the University of Tehran – until she was expelled for refusing to wear a veil.   That’s when she began meeting with a few of her former students at her home every week, to talk about the forbidden classics of Western literature.  She tells Steve Paulson about the first time they met.


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