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HerStories Memoir Challenge

Posted by Range Officer Rhonda on February 27, 2009

Check out this link! Memoiring through February 

There is so much more to the book I’ve briefly reviewed below. There are many voices and many books that provide glimpses into the wolrd of oppression and wars in the Middle East, but I think you’ll find this to be one of the top of the list.



Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

By Azar Nafisi

Pub 2003 by Random House, Inc



 While living through several years of war between Iran and Iraq with missiles shrieking over head, buildings bombed and lives destroyed, Nafisi and other women in Tehran temporarily escape the violence by delving into the imaginative world of novels. Even as books are disappearing and bookstores being shut down, the author and a hand-picked group of students, all female, meet to talk more about books. Reading such books as “The Great Gatsby”, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Lolita”, they risk imprisonment, rape, beatings and possible execution to claim their independence (privately) from a government that uses fear and intimidation to control them. This intense book gives us a glimpse into a world gone mad-where even something so mundane to the Western world as a reading circle could not be taken for granted.


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