Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi

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Azar Nafisi is an Iranian writer and professor of English literature.
Born in Tehran, Iran in 1948, she moved and got a degree in English and American literature and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.
Nafisi returned to Iran in 1979, where she taught English literature at Tehran University. Later after many years of struggling against the implementation of the Islamic Revolution ideas and procedures she left Iran and moved to the United States in 1997 where she is now a visiting Professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, and she teaches aesthetics, culture, and literature...
She writes novels in English and works as a professor.
Also she has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
Her work includes:


Reading Lolita in Tehran (2003)
Things I Have Been Silent About: Memories (2008)
The Republic of Imagination (2014)
Anti-Terra: A Critical Study of Vladimir Nabokov’s Novels.
BiBi and the Green Voice

Azar Nafisi was awarded numerous prizes including the 2004 Non-fiction Book of the Year Award from Booksense, the Frederic W. Ness Book Award, the 2004 Latifeh Yarsheter Book Award, an achievement award from the American Immigration Law Foundation, and a Persian Golden Lioness Award for literature, presented by the World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media...

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