Jefferson Book Club Selection for March: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi is the March selection for the Jefferson Book Club.

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Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

Join your colleagues for the next Jefferson Book Club discussion on Tuesday, March 19 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in room 200b Scott.

All students, faculty, and staff welcome. Lunch will be provided. Copies available from Jefferson Bookstore at a 30% discount and at Scott Library.

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