The Republic of Imagination

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The Republic of Imagination

A Life in Books

By Azar Nafisi

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143127789, 352pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Description
A "New York Times "bestseller
The author of the beloved #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Reading Lolita in Tehran" returns with the next chapter of her life in books a passionate and deeply moving hymn to America
Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her multimillion-copy bestseller"Reading Lolita in Tehran," which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught"The Great Gatsby"and other classics of English and American literature to her eager students in Iran. In this electrifying follow-up, she argues that fiction is just as threatened and just as invaluable in America today.
Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite novels, she describes the unexpected journey that led her to become an American citizen after first dreaming of America as a young girl in Tehran and coming to know the country through its fiction. She urges us to rediscover the America of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and challenges us to be truer to the words and spirit of the Founding Fathers, who understood that their democratic experiment would never thrive or survive unless they could foster a democratic imagination. Nafisi invites committed readers everywhere to join her as citizens of what she calls the Republic of Imagination, a country with no borders and few restrictions, where the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.


About the Author
Azar Nafisi is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran "and" Things I ve Been Silent About." A passionate advocate of books and reading, she appears regularly on major media and speaks to packed audiences around the world. She lives in Washington, D.C.