For the Taking – ARC of The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi

August 18, 2014

This new book by Azar Nafisi after 2004’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories (2008) will surely be welcomed by our readers. I just finished the ARC and nominated it for October LibraryReads.  I’d be surprised if it doesn’t make that list, and I’d love to pass it on to first commenter.

The Republic of Imagination : America in Three Books

Review submitted to LibraryReads:

In The Republic of Imagination, Azar Nafisi highlights three novels that for her exemplify a unique American quality consisting of a restless individualism that can lead to loneliness but also true freedom and authentic moral choices. In part this is a literary critique of the works covered and their iconic characters: Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Sinclair Lewis’ Babbit, and Carson McCullers’ John Singer. This analysis is blended with interesting parallels between the works and Nafisi’s own life in both Iran and the U.S., as well as a compelling manifesto for American fiction as vital to its democratic ideals. Nafisi’s insights amount to a personalized book about books that library readers will enjoy, and prove once again that immigrants make some of the most genuine American patriots.


2 Responses to “For the Taking – ARC of The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi”

  1. Mary C Says:

    I loved Reading Lolita in Tehran. Can’t wait to read this.

  2. Darren Says:

    Great! I’ll put in delivery.

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