The Republic of Imagination

The Republic of Imagination

America in Three Books

By Azar Nafisi; Peter Sis (Illustrator)

Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670026067, 338pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Description
A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to change people's lives, by the #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-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 to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What" Reading Lolita in Tehran" was for Iran, "The Republic of Imagination "is for America.
Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader told her that Americans don t care about books the way they did back in Iran, she energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, "and "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, "among others she invites us to join her as citizens of her Republic of Imagination, a countrywhere the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and 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.

Peter Sis is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.


NPR
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books. More at NPR.org

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