Reading Lolita in Tehran

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Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi Summary

Every Thursday morning in a living room in Iran, over tea and pastries, eight women meet in secret to discuss forbidden works of Western literature. As they lose themselves in the worlds of Lolita, The Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice, gradually they come to share their own stories, dreams and hopes with each other, and, for a few hours, taste freedom. Azar Nafisi's bestselling memoir is a moving, passionate testament to the transformative power of books, the magic of words and the search for beauty in life's darkest moments.

Iranian Women in the Memoir

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Iranian Women in the Memoir by Emira Derbel Summary

This book investigates the various reasons behind the elevation of the memoir, previously categorized as a marginalized form of life writing that denudes the private space of women, especially in Western Asian countries such as Iran. Through a comparative investigation of Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (1) and (2), the book examines the way both narrative and graphic memoirs offer possibilities for Iranian women to reclaim new territory, transgress a post-traumatic revolution, and reconstruct a new model of womanhood that evades socio-political and religious restrictions. Exile is conceptualized as empowering rather than a continued status of loss and disillusionment, and the liminality of both women writers turns into a space of artistic production. The book also resists the New Orientalist scope within which Reading Lolita in Tehran, more than Persepolis, has been misread. In order to reject these allegations, this work sheds light on the representation of Iranian women in Reading Lolita in Tehran, not as weak victims held captive by a totalitarian version of Islam, but as active participants rewriting their stories through the liberating power of the memoir. The comparative approach between narrative and comic memoirs is a fruitful way of displaying similar experiences of disillusionment, loss, return, and exile through different techniques. The common thread uniting both memoirs is their zeal to reclaim Iranian women’s agency and strength over subservience and passivity.

Azar Nafisi

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We all have dreams--things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi's dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they began to open up and to speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading--Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita--their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran. Nafisi's account flashes...

Lire Lolita à Téhéran

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Lire Lolita à Téhéran by Azar NAFISI Summary

Après avoir démissionné de l'Université de Téhéran sous la pression des autorités iraniennes, Azar Nafisi a réuni pendant deux ans, dans l'intimité de son salon, sept étudiantes pour y lire Nabokov, Fitzgerald, Austen... Ce livre magnifique est le portrait brut et déchirant de la révolution islamique en Iran. La démonstration magistrale que l'imagination bâtit la liberté. " Un livre captivant. Il explore avec ferveur et conviction le pacte tacite existant entre l'écrivain, le livre et le lecteur. Tous les lecteurs devraient lire ce livre. " Margaret Atwood Traduit de l'anglais par Marie-Hélène Dumas

Jasmine and Stars

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Jasmine and Stars by Fatemeh Keshavarz Summary

In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present-day Iran provides a rare insight into this rich culture alive with artistic expression but virtually unknown to most Americans. Keshavarz introduces readers to two modern Iranian women writers whose strong and articulate voices belie the stereotypical perception of Iranian women as voiceless victims in a country of villains. She follows with a lively critique of the recent best-seller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which epitomizes what Keshavarz calls the "New Orientalist narrative," a view marred by stereotype and prejudice more often tied to current geopolitical conflicts than to an understanding of Iran. Blending in firsthand glimpses of her own life--from childhood memories in 1960s Shiraz to her present life as a professor in America--Keshavarz paints a portrait of Iran depicting both cultural depth and intellectual complexity. With a scholar's expertise and a poet's hand, she helps amplify the powerful voices of contemporary Iranians and leads readers toward a deeper understanding of the country's past and present.

La République de l'imagination

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Cet essai très personnel part du principe que la fiction est en danger dans l’Amérique d’aujourd’hui, dans un monde ou les tweets et YouTube accaparent l’individu au détriment de son imaginaire. L’auteur associe ses souvenirs de lectures des grandes œuvres américaines à son itinéraire d’exilée qui, ayant dû quitter l’Iran, a choisi de devenir citoyenne des États-Unis, pays qu’elle a découvert grâce à ses romans. En relisant avec elle Huckleberry Finn ou Le cœur est un chasseur solitaire, le lecteur est amené à porter un regard neuf sur les œuvres fondatrices des États-Unis. Très inspirée par l’écrivain James Baldwin, elle nous engage à lire partout, en toutes circonstances, à la rejoindre dans cette République de l’imagination, pays sans frontières ni restrictions, ou le seul passeport requis est un esprit libre et un désir de rêver. « La littérature est délicieusement subversive, dit-elle, car elle enflamme l’imagination et défie le statu quo. » Marjane Satrapi dit à propos de ce livre : « Nous sommes tous citoyens de la République de l’imagination d’Azar Nafisi. Sans imagination, il n’y a pas de rêves. Sans rêves il n’y a pas d’art. Sans art, il n’y a rien. Ses mots sont essentiels. » Traduit de l’anglais par Marie-Hélène Dumas

Ready Reference Treatise: Reading Lolita In Tehran

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Mémoires captives

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Mémoires captives by Azar NAFISI Summary

Azar Nafisi croit à la fonction subversive de la littérature. Elle tisse son histoire personnelle à travers celle de sa patrie, l'Iran. Conflits, espoirs, souvenirs : un témoignage à la beauté mélancolique. Briser le silence. De l'ascension politique de son père en Iran à la trahison, de l'idéal révolutionnaire à la désillusion totalitaire, Azar Nafisi raconte. Entre secrets de famille et secrets d'Etat, il n'y a qu'un pas, que l'auteur de Lire Lolita à Téhéran franchit pour réaffirmer sa foi en sa patrie de cœur, celle de l'imagination. Un témoignage à la beauté mélancolique. " Une méditation sur le silence, le temps et l'émergence traîtresse de la mémoire. " Lila Azam Zanganeh, Le Monde Traduit de l'anglais par Marie-Hélène Dumas Préface de Jean-Claude Carrière

That Other World

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That Other World by Azar Nafisi Summary

The foundational text for the acclaimed New York Times and international best seller Reading Lolita in Tehran The ruler of a totalitarian state seeks validation from a former schoolmate, now the nation’s foremost thinker, in order to access a cultural cache alien to his regime. A literary critic provides commentary on an unfinished poem that both foretells the poet’s death and announces the critic’s secret identity as the king of a lost country. The greatest of Vladimir Nabokov’s enchanters—Humbert—is lost within the antithesis of a fairy story, in which Lolita does not hold the key to his past but rather imprisons him within the knowledge of his distance from that past. In this precursor to her international best seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi deftly explores the worlds apparently lost to Nabokov’s characters, their portals of access to those worlds, and how other worlds hold a mirror to Nabokov’s experiences of physical, linguistic, and recollective exile. Written before Nafisi left the Islamic Republic of Iran, and now published in English for the first time and with a new introduction by the author, this book evokes the reader’s quintessential journey of discovery and reveals what caused Nabokov to distinctively shape and reshape that journey for the author.

The Republic of Imagination

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From the author of the bestselling memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran comes a powerful and passionate case for the vital role of fiction today. Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating follow-up, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her at a reading, she energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us today. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favourite novels, she invites us to join her as citizens of her 'Republic of Imagination', a country where the villains are conformity, and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

Dwelling in American

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An original critique of the idea of American empire in the twenty-first century

Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens by Jane Smiley Summary

À la fois rédacteur en chef, apôtre de la démocratie, théoricien du capitalisme et de la modernité, ardent défenseur de l'intérêt commun, champion des laissés-pour-compte et des excentriques, Charles Dickens était un phénomène, une personnalité unique parmi ses contemporains et pourtant apte à les représenter mieux que quiconque. Jouissant d'une popularité inouïe pour l'époque, il se classe parmi les premières célébrités modernes. Jane Smiley fait ressortir ce que cette renommée avait d'exceptionnel tout en alliant à son portrait du maître une fascinante réflexion sur la vie d'écrivain. Elle le présente tel qu'il apparut aux yeux de son public, de ses parents et amis, de ses relations intimes ainsi qu'à ses propres yeux, et propose de brillantes interprétations de ses principaux romans. Elle retrace surtout l'ampleur de sa réputation d'écrivain et montre comment ses activités publiques lui ont conféré en outre un statut unique parmi les romanciers, celui de citoyen pleinement et passionnément engagé qui a eu le don étrange de préfigurer la vie du XXe siècle.

Rhetoric’s Pragmatism

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For over thirty years, Steven Mailloux has championed and advanced the field of rhetorical hermeneutics, a historically and theoretically informed approach to textual interpretation. This volume collects fourteen of his most recent influential essays on the methodology, plus an interview. Following from the proposition that rhetorical hermeneutics uses rhetoric to practice theory by doing history, this book examines a diverse range of texts from literature, history, law, religion, and cultural studies. Through four sections, Mailloux explores the theoretical writings of Heidegger, Burke, and Rorty, among others; Jesuit educational treatises; and products of popular culture such as Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Star Trek: The Next Generation. In doing so, he shows how rhetorical perspectives and pragmatist traditions work together as two mutually supportive modes of understanding, and he demonstrates how the combination of rhetoric and interpretation works both in theory and in practice. Theoretically, rhetorical hermeneutics can be understood as a form of neopragmatism. Practically, it focuses on the production, circulation, and reception of written and performed communication. A thought-provoking collection from a preeminent literary critic and rhetorician, Rhetoric’s Pragmatism assesses the practice and value of rhetorical hermeneutics today and the directions in which it might head. Scholars and students of rhetoric and communication studies, critical theory, literature, law, religion, and American studies will find Mailloux’s arguments enlightening and essential.

Les Clandestines de Kaboul

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La vie cachée des jeunes afghanes déguisées en garçon Jenny Nordberg a enquêté sur une pratique culturelle ancestrale, datant d’avant les talibans, ignorée en Europe, qui est celle des « bacha posh ». Cette coutume est inconnue de la plupart des étrangers, même encore aujourd’hui, y compris chez les plus fins connaisseurs de ce pays. Travesties par leurs parents en garçon, des petites filles mènent une vie de garçon – et parfois de garçon et de fille en fonction des activités – jusqu’à la puberté. Car l’absence de garçon dans une famille jette l’opprobre autant sur la mère que sur le père. Mieux vaut un fils de substitution que pas de fils du tout. D’où vient cette coutume ? Dans quel but a-t-elle été instaurée ? Qui la pratique ? Quelles en sont les conséquences ? Comment ces petites filles le vivent-elles ? Qu’advient-il de ces fillettes ensuite ? Pour réaliser cette enquête, qui est aussi une plongée inédite dans le quotidien des femmes afghanes de tous milieux, l’auteur a interviewé une trentaine de petites filles dont elle a recueilli librement le témoignage. Et elle s’est en grande partie appuyée sur celui d’Azita, une des rares femmes à avoir siégé au parlement de Kaboul. Traduit de l'anglais par Marion Roman

Things I've Been Silent About

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Things I've Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi Summary

Azar Nafisi, author of the international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, now gives us a stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, memories of her life lived in thrall to a powerful and complex mother, against the background of a country's political revolution.A girl's pain over family secrets; a young woman's discovery of the power of sensuality in literature; the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval - these and other threads are woven together in this beautiful memoir. Nafisi's intelligent and complicated mother, disappointed in her dreams of leading an important and romantic life, created mesmerising fictions about herself, her family, and her past.But her daughter soon learned that these narratives of triumph hid as much as they revealed.Nafisi's father escaped into narratives of another kind, enchanting his children with classic tales like the Shahnameh, the Persian Book of Kings.When her father began to see other women, young Azar began to keep his secrets from her mother.Nafisi's complicity in these childhood dramas ultimately led her to resist remaining silent about other personal - as well as political, cultural, and social - injustices. Reaching back in time to reflect on other generations in the Nafisi family, Things I've Been Silent About is also a powerful historical portrait of a family that spans the many periods of change leading up to the Islamic Revolution of 1978-79.It is, finally, a deeply personal reflection on women's choices, and how Azar Nafisi found the inspiration for a different kind of life.This unforgettable portrait of a woman, a family, and a troubled homeland is a stunning book that readers will embrace, a new triumph from an author who is a modern master of the memoir.

La Bellarosa Connection

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La Bellarosa Connection by Saul BELLOW Summary

" Saul Bellow est l'écrivain américain le plus important de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle. " Le Monde. Fondateur d'un Institut de la mémoire à Philadelphie, le narrateur de ce court roman, une fois l'âge de la retraite arrivé, décide de raconter l'histoire d'Harry Fonstein, un réfugié d'Europe centrale, et de Billy Rose, un petit truand de Broadway. Sauvé des nazis par ce dernier alors qu'il était enfermé dans une prison italienne, Harry Fonstein a été mis dans un bateau en direction de New York. Des années plus tard, alors que son bienfaiteur a toujours refusé de le rencontrer pour être remercié, Harry ne peut oublier celui qui lui a sauvé la vie... La Bellarosa Connection est un roman percutant qui met en place une réflexion sur l'homme, sa solitude et sa déconcertante ambiguïté. À travers les réflexions de son narrateur, lucide et désenchanté, Saul Bellow fait preuve d'un humour caustique, incisif, qui met en relief, jusque dans les moments les plus tragiques, les aspects absurdes de l'existence.

Le libraire de Kaboul

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Asne Seierstad a vécu le printemps qui suivit la défaite des taliban chez Sultan Khan, libraire à Kaboul. Elle nous fait partager, dans ce récit très vivant et toujours respectueux, la vie quotidienne des épouses, enfants, frères et sueurs d'une famille où chaque destin est riche d'émotion et dont le chef incontestable est Sultan, l'amoureux des livres. " Quand les communistes sont arrivés, raconte-t-il, ils ont brûlé tous mes livres, après il y a eu les moudjahidin, trop occupés à se battre entre eux pour se soucier de moi, mais une fois le régime des taliban installé, mes livres étaient de nouveau condamnés au bûcher. " À travers cette chronique saisissante, c'est un Afghanistan aux mille facettes que l'on découvre, un pays en ruine et en pleine renaissance où un peuple tente timidement de se défaire du passé dans l'espoir d'une vie meilleure.