There is an old saying: the pen is mightier than the sword.
Azar Nafisi’s 2003, memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, takes the reader into the closed word of Iran.
Before Ms. Nafisi and her family left Iran for the United States in the late 1990’s, she worked as a professor teaching Western literature. The problem with her syllabus is that the powers that be do not agree with the novels that she is teaching. Written from the first person point of view, the author takes the reader into a world that few who live outside Iran’s borders know of.
I found this book to be remarkable. Most of us only know of the Iran that we see in the media. We do not see the lives of the people who are trying to live out their lives as best they can under a regime that only sees the world one way.
I absolutely recommend this book.