That Other World (Hardcover)

Nabokov and the Puzzle of Exile

By Azar Nafisi, Lotfali Khonji (Translated by), Valerie Miles (Editor)

Yale University Press, 9780300158830, 352pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

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Description

The ruler of a totalitarian state seeks validation from a former schoolmate, now the nation’s foremost thinker, in order to access a cultural cache alien to his regime.

A literary critic provides commentary on an unfinished poem that both foretells the poet’s death and announces the critic’s secret identity as the king of a lost country.

The greatest of Vladimir Nabokov’s enchanters—Humbert—is lost within the antithesis of a fairy story, in which Lolita does not hold the key to his past but rather imprisons him within the knowledge of his distance from that past.

In this precursor to her international best seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi deftly explores the worlds apparently lost to Nabokov’s characters, their portals of access to those worlds, and how other worlds hold a mirror to Nabokov’s experiences of physical, linguistic, and recollective exile. Written before Nafisi left the Islamic Republic and published in English for the first time with a new introduction by the author, this book evokes the reader’s quintessential journey of discovery with a novel and reveals what caused Nabokov to distinctively shape and reshape that journey for Azar Nafisi.


About the Author

Azar Nafisi has taught at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, Allameh Tabatabi, and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. In addition to Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, she is the author of Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter and The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books.