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Things I've Been Silent About

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Things I've Been Silent About, Azar Nafisi

Things I've Been Silent About

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Azar Nafisi
Random House
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it a B

Before she wrote Reading Lolita in Tehran — part literary criticism, part searing chronicle of daily life ?in revolution-era Iran — Azar Nafisi was a lonely upper-class girl with a shrill, difficult mother, a charming, unreliable father, and a distant relative who sexually abused her. She went abroad to study English literature, married and divorced, married again, became a professor (then resigned from the college because of the administration’s many restrictions), and eventually immigrated to the United States. Though her somewhat rambling second memoir lacks the sharp focus of her first, Things I’ve Been Silent About offers a searching account of one woman’s life against the tumultuous historical backdrop of 20th-century Iran. B