Azar Nafisi, literature professor and bestselling author of "Reading Lolita in Terhan," states that moments of crisis may be good for America as a nation. "Crisis saves you from smugness," she says.
Azar Nafisi talks about Things I've Been Silent About. The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran offers a stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, with moving memories of her life lived in thrall to a powerful and difficult mother.
Her story is set against the background of Iran during a time of revolution and change - Book Passage
Azar Nafisi is a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran. She has lectured and written extensively on the political implications of literature and culture, as well as the human rights of the Iranian women and girls and the important role they play in the process of change for pluralism and an open society in Iran. Azar Nafisi has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Her cover story, "The Veiled Threat: The Iranian Revolution's Woman Problem" published in The New Republic has been reprinted into several languages. She is the author of Anti-Terra: A Critical Study of Vladimir Nabokov's Novels. She is currently working on two books, one tentatively titled The Republic of the Imagination, which is about the power of literature to liberate minds and peoples, and the other, Things I Have Been Silent About, about culture, history, and loss.