Azar Nafisi on Why Fiction Matters in America

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Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi’s book Reading Lolita in Tehran told the story of teaching The Great Gatsby and other classics to her students in Iran, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions. Her new book The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books   Nafisi mixes memoir and close readings of her favorite American novels—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, among others—to argue that literature is still crucially important in America.

The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi