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The republic of imagination : America in three books

Author: Azar Nafisi
Publisher: New York : Viking Adult, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to change people's lives, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran. Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-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 to her eager students in Iran. In this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
NonFiction
Literary
Sociological
Named Person: Azar Nafisi; Mark Twain; Sinclair Lewis; Carson McCullers; Azar Nafisi; Azar Nafisi; Mark Twain; Sinclair Lewis; Carson McCullers
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Azar Nafisi
ISBN: 9780670026067 0670026069 9780143127789 0143127780
OCLC Number: 885983017
Description: 338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I. Huck --
Part II. Babbitt --
Part III. Carson --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: America in three books
Responsibility: Azar Nafisi ; illustrations by Peter Sis.

Abstract:

"A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to change people's lives, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran. Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-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 to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The Republic of Imagination is for America. Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader told her that Americans don't care about books the way they did back in Iran, she energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, among others-she invites us to join her as citizens of her 'Republic of Imagination, ' a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream"--
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