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Published on Aug 9, 2016
After finishing her schooling in America in 1979, Azar Nafisi (author of THE REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATION) moved back to Iran. When she returned to America in 1997 she found that views toward Iran had substantially changed, focusing largely on religious extremism. Read more about Azar's book here: http://bit.ly/2aBkp9c
Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her multimillion-copy bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran. In this electrifying follow-up, she argues that fiction is just as threatened—and just as invaluable—in America today.
Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite novels, she describes the unexpected journey that led her to become an American citizen after first dreaming of America as a young girl in Tehran and coming to know the country through its fiction. Nafisi invites committed readers everywhere to join her as citizens of what she calls the Republic of Imagination, a country with no borders and few restrictions, where the only passport to entry is a free mind and the willingness to dream.