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Nafisi, Azar. READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN: A MEMOIR IN BOOKS. New York City, NY: Random House, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 347 pages. As New.

The author's memoir on subject. One of the most sensational literary debuts of the year 2003, it is now considered a contemporary classic. Uncorrected Proof. The true First Edition, it is extremely rare. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published to enormous critical acclaim, the book became a surprise bestseller and is now regarded as a landmark of contemporary literature. A Professor of English literature at the University of Tehran, Azar Nafisi was expelled when she refused to wear the veil and eventually found political asylum in the United States, where she teaches at Johns Hopkins University. "I was enthralled and moved by Azar Nafisi's account of how she defied, and helped others to defy, radical Islam's war against women. Her memoir contains important and properly complex reflections about the ravages of theocracy, about thoughtfulness, and about the ordeals of freedom as well as a stirring account of the pleasures and deepening of consciousness that result from an encounter with great literature and with an inspired teacher" (Susan Sontag). "A memoir about teaching Western literature in revolutionary Iran, with profound and fascinating insights into both. A masterpiece" (Bernard Lewis). "We rediscovered that we were also living, breathing human beings; and no matter how repressive the state became, no matter how intimidated and frightened we were, like Lolita we tried to escape and to create our own little pockets of freedom" (Azar Nafisi). A "must-have" title for Azar Nafisi and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed twice, in both Roman ("English") and Arabic ("Persian") alphabets, in black pen on the title page by Azar Nafisi. This title is now very highly collectible and remains available in multiple subsequent printings. The first print run was very small, and there were just a handful of the Uncorrected Proof. This is the only copy of the Uncorrected Proof available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE AND OTHER AZAR NAFISI TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375504907. $500.00

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