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Azar Nafisi
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Azar Nafisi is a visiting professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She is the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New Republic, and has appeared on countless radio and television programs. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.


Books by Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita In Tehran

For the first time, the phenomenal bestselling literary memoir will be published in Penguin Modern Classics

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The Republic of Imagination

From the author of the bestselling memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran comes a powerful and passionate case for the vital role of fiction today.

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Things I've Been Silent About

From the bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran comes this brilliant memoir of a mother, a daughter, a family.

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