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read Reading Lolita in Tehran A Memoir in Books doc ☆ Paperback ä azar nafisi ´ ❮Epub❯ ➞ Reading Lolita in Tehran A Memoir in Books ➝ Author Azar Nafisi – Feedmarkformulate.co.uk Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran a bold anBitrary raids in Tehran fundamentalists seized hold of the universities and a blind censor stifled artistic Lolita in Tehran PDF #205 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 Ja “What we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth”This book isn’t a fast read I’ve started reading this memoir 24 October and I only finished part 1 so far 77 pages of 347 and that already took me a while Maybe I’m in a reading slump but I doubt that because I’m eager enough to read Some other reviewers complained that the book is tedious disjointed and all over the place and that the author’s tone is smug and self important Except from the fact that when the author refers to the girls who come to her private reading class she always talks about ‘My girls’ which for some reason I find irritating I’m not sure yet if I share these criticisms For me it’s just such a book that’s interesting enough but not really absorbing so I just plough on through it in search of those ’epiphanies of truth’ in Western literature for Iranian veiled women I haven’t read any of the novels that are being discussed in this book but I don’t consider this to be an obstacle for being able to understand the references to these well known works Even so someone who read those classics will probably benefit from it while reading this book 5 November 2018 Part I Lolita“Yet I suppose that if I were to go against my own recommendation and choose a work of fiction that would most resonate with our lives in the Islamic Republic of Iran it would not be The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie or even 1984 but perhaps Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading or better yet Lolita”“What Nabokov creates for us in Invitation to a Beheading is not the actual pain and torture of a totalitarian regime but the nightmarish uality of living in an atmosphere of perpetual dread Unlike in other utopian novels the forces of evil here are not omnipotent ; Nabokov shows us their frailty as well They are ridiculous and they can be defeated and this does not lessen the tragedy—the waste Invitation to a Beheading is written from the point of view of the victim one who ultimately sees the absurd sham of his persecutors and who must retreat into himself in order to survive Those of us living in the Islamic Republic of Iran grasped both the tragedy and absurdity of the cruelty to which we were subjected We had to poke fun at our own misery in order to survive We also instinctively recognized poshlust—not just in others but in ourselves This was one reason that art and literature became so essential to our lives they were not a luxury but a necessity What Nabokov captured was the texture of life in a totalitarian society where you are completely alone in an illusory world full of false promises where you can no longer differentiate between your savior and your executioner”“In most of Nabokov’s novels— Invitation to a Beheading Bend Sinister Ada Pnin—there was always the shadow of another world one that was only attainable through fiction It is this world that prevents his heroes and heroines from utter despair that becomes their refuge in a life that is constantly brutal Take Lolita This was the story of a twelve year old girl who had nowhere to go Humbert had tried to turn her into his fantasy into his dead love and he had destroyed her The desperate truth of Lolita’s story is not the rape of a twelve year old by a dirty old man but the confiscation of one individual’s life by another We don’t know what Lolita would have become if Humbert had not engulfed her Yet the novel the finished work is hopeful beautiful even a defense not just of beauty but of life ordinary everyday life all the normal pleasures that Lolita like Yassi was deprived of in fact Nabokov had taken revenge against our own solipsizers ; he had taken revenge on the Ayatollah Khomeini on Yassi’s last suitor on the dough faced teacher for that matter They had tried to shape others according to their own dreams and desires but Nabokov through his portrayal of Humbert had exposed all solipsists who take over ot

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Mes and Vladimir Lolita in Tehran A Memoir EpubNabokov 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 literatur I read this book while I was down with the flu which added a dimention to my reading as I was isolated in my room for a couple of days I read some of the reviews for this book on Good Reads and I must say my experience of this book is uite different from what some other people have reported Azar's opening two chapters were enough to suck me into her world and engross me Her reading of Lolita was wonderful and I like the way she able to bring her reading of this book her reflections on Humbolt into the context of her own experiences in Tehran One of the criticisms of this book that I read on Good Reads is that her reading material is too western centric ie that she gives too much praise to the literature of America and therefore might give the American reader the impression that their lit is 'better' than Islamic or Iranian literature I didn't read her book choices in this way In a way because America became such a central focus of hatred for the regime in Iran during the revolution she picked this material to demonstrate how biased and myopic this focus was and how it failed to see the complexity of American life ie that books like Lolita or the Great Gatsby were not recieved with one interpretation in America and that many of the criticisms leveled at those books in the Iranian context were also been discussed in America ie that they were immoral or had flawed herosShe talks uite considerably about the difficulty of becoming as she calls it 'irrelevant' in her own country She describes the constant scrutiny that women get on the streets if they are seen to be too alluring or if they wear 'pink socks' or let their nails grow or have a strand of hair fall out from under her head covering I was thinking of this in the light of my own 'Australian' context Obviously my life is not as restricted in terms of what I wear or how I choose to adorn or comport myself in public In fact these choices are fairly banal and mundane Yet for Azar this restriction caused her to examine aspects of herself and her society to work out what really mattered Because the system made socks important choosing to wear pink or striped socks became a subversive act Beyond the immediate existential uestions of how an individual is able to deal with having their public and private lives so micro managed I also enjoyed her uestioning of the effects of these policies on society as a whole and especially her understanding of the role of literature in allowing a person to understand complexity in life as a wholeI must say when I read her passage about the 'trial' of the novel 'the great Gatsby' in her class I experienced a different book than I had read She managed to inject me with a wonderful sense of excitement and a desire to reread Gatsby with new eyes

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Reading Lolita in Tehran A Memoir in BooksEvery Thursday morning for two in Tehran MOBI #239 years in the Islamic Republic of Iran a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed Reading Lolita MOBI #194 female students to read forbidden Western classics As Islamic morality suads staged ar I'm not sure I can finish this book It's just so boring and self important And poorly written My eyes keep crossing It makes me angry because I think this COULD really be a good book It has a good premise a lot of potential and it's about a topic I'm actually very interested in and would like to know about But instead it's dry as hell and doesn't follow any cohesive pattern it just feels like a lot of random moments in the life of Azar Nafisi strung together by some run of the mill literary criticism And maybe worst of all it doesn't make me feel any empathetic to the Iranian people than I already did and it doesn't give me any additional insight into Islamic culture that I haven't already gotten from Western media sourcesWhy did this get such good reviews Do people never read books and judge them for themselves Or do they just say what they think they're supposed to say because they were told this is a terribly important book about a terribly important topic by a terribly important person sigh