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Joanna Biggs: Azar Nafisi, 27 May 2010

Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter 
by Azar Nafisi.
Windmill, 336 pp., £8.99, February 2010, 978 0 09 948712 8
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... They even use the sort of sentences we – if we wrote for Grazia – might use. This is the way Azar Nafisi’s bestselling literary memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran, begins. Nafisi is getting ready for the first meeting of her book group: she has resigned from her teaching post at Allameh Tabatabai University but ...

Miniskirt Democracy

Roxanne Varzi: Muslim Women’s Memoirs, 31 July 2008

Soft Weapons: Autobiography in Transit 
by Gillian Whitlock.
Chicago, 216 pp., £10.50, February 2008, 978 0 226 89526 0
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... Stories and Essays by Iranian Americans, edited by Persis Karim and Mehdi Khorrami.) In 2003, Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books jumpstarted another, post-9/11, craze of memoirs written in English by women in the Iranian diaspora. Nafisi’s book, like Mahmoody’s, is disliked by many ...

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