Azar Nafizi on "Reading Lolita in Tehran"

Reading Lolita in Tehran
Reading Lolita in Tehran
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11.20.2011

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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