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Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi
  

Republic of Imagination

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A more impassioned plea for the importance of reading you will be hard pressed to find. Coming from Iran, a repressed state where to read fiction was to invite extreme personal danger Azar Nafisi lives now in America where it seems the people have little need for their fictional inheritance. As she described so beautifully in her bestselling account, Reading Lolita in Tehran, there is much to be learned from fiction which can stretch our imaginations, allow us to understand and empathise with others even just revel in the richness of words. Free your mind and be willing to dream, we should embrace the writing that defines and describes us.

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Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi

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 followup, 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. 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.


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'We are all citizens of Azar Nafisi's The Republic of Imagination. Without imagination there are no dreams, without dreams there is no art, and without art there is nothing. Her words are essential.'

-Marjane Satrapi

'A lovely book: sharp in observation and wholly readable.'

-Larry McMurtry

About the Author

Azar Nafisi is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. She won a fellowship from Oxford and taught English literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and Allameh Tabatabai University in Iran. She was expelled from the University of Tehran for refusing to wear the veil and left Iran for America in 1997. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New Republic, has appeared on countless radio and television programs, and is the author of Anti-Terra: A Critical Study of Vladimir Nabokov’s Novels. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Azar Nafisi

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9780434022151

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