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Things I've Been Silent about: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter

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I started making a list in my diary entitled “Things I Have Been Silent About.” Under it I wrote: “Falling in Love in Tehran. Going to Parties in Tehran. Watching the Marx Brothers in Tehran. Reading Lolita in Tehran.” I wrote about repressive laws and executions, about public and political abominations. Eventually I drifted into writing about private betrayals, implicating myself and those close to me in ways I had never imagined.

--From Things I Have Been Silent About

Azar Nafisi, author of the beloved international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, now gives us a stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, memories of her life lived in thrall to a powerful and complex mother, against the background of a countrys political revolution. A girls pain over family secrets; a young womans discovery of the power of sensuality in literature; the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval–these and other threads are woven together in this beautiful memoir, as a gifted storyteller once again transforms the way we see the world and “reminds us of why we read in the first place” (Newsday).

Nafisis intelligent and complicated mother, disappointed in her dreams of leading an important and romantic life, created mesmerizing fictions about herself, her family, and her past. But her daughter soon learned that these narratives of triumph hid as much as they revealed. Nafisis father escaped into narratives of another kind, enchanting his children with the classic tales like the Shahnamah, the Persian Book of Kings. When her father started seeing other women, young Azar began to keep his secrets from her mother. Nafisis complicity in these childhood dramas ultimately led her to resist remaining silent about other personal, as well as political, cultural, and social, injustices.

Reaching back in time to reflect on other generations in the Nafisi family, Things Ive Been Silent About is also a powerful historical portrait of a family that spans many periods of change leading up to the Islamic Revolution of 1978-79, which turned Azar Nafisis beloved Iran into a religious dictatorship. Writing of her mothers historic term in Parliament, even while her father, once mayor of Tehran, was in jail, Nafisi explores the remarkable “coffee hours” her mother presided over, where at first women came together to gossip, to tell fortunes, and to give silent acknowledgment of things never spoken about, and which then evolved into gatherings where men and women would meet to openly discuss the unfolding revolution.

Things Ive Been Silent About is, finally, a deeply personal reflection on womens choices, and on how Azar Nafisi found the inspiration for a different kind of life. This unforgettable portrait of a woman, a family, and a troubled homeland is a stunning book that readers will embrace, a new triumph from an author who is a modern master of the memoir.

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In this stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, Nafisi shares her memories of living in thrall to a powerful mother against the backdrop of a country's political revolution. This beautiful memoir reminds us of why we read in the first place ("Newsday").

About the Author

Azar Nafisi is a visiting professor and the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic and has appeared on countless radio and television programs. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

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myu, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by myu)
The ability of people to adapt to whatever circumstance they are in and have those challenges shape a personality and a life is amazing. Particularly the relatively unknown experiences of somewhat privileged women in Iran. We all struggle with the same horrors, triumphs, and consequences of retribution. Azar Nafisi is one of my favorite authors and being able to read about her family history and what background she comes from only makes me respect her all that much more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812973907
Author:
Nafisi, Azar
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.08x5.14x.83 in. .60 lbs.

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Biography » Women
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History and Social Science » Middle East » Iran and Persia

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