Azar Nafisi, author of the beloved international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, returns to Iran and her childhood in her new book, a deeply personal reflection and exploration of a young girl's pain over family secrets and a mother's lost life, a young woman's discovery of the power of sensuality in literature, and the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval.
By Up to Date, Feb 3, 2009
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Azar Nafisi joins Steve Kraske to talk about the changes her homeland underwent from her childhood until she left to come to the United States to live in 1997. From the powerful personality of her mother who served in Parliament while her father, once mayor of Tehran, sat in jail to the family secrets she kept. Nafisi explains how she went from writing about the repression and outrages in her country to, "writing about private betrayals, implicating myself and those close to me in ways I had never imagined."