The Republic of Imagination: A Life in Books (Paperback)

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Blending literary criticism and memoir, Nafisi's open and honest dialogue about the state of Liberal Arts in the United States is engaging to the very last page. Her argument is compelling and important: In order to foster creativity and imagination, fundamental components of our republic, we should be returning to key American novels. This book will stay with me for some time.

— Erin


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 author of two New York Times-bestselling memoirs, Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I've Been Silent About. A passionate advocate of books and reading, she speaks to packed audiences around the world about the importance of nurturing a democratic imagination. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143127789
ISBN-10: 0143127780
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 352
Language: English