Azar Nafisi's “Things I’ve Been Silent About”, offers new insight into her private life
The economist
01-Jan-2009 (one comment)

AZAR NAFISI’S new book is both prequel and sequel to her earlier memoir, “Reading Lolita in Tehran”. Her latest work, “Things I’ve Been Silent About”, reveals some inconvenient truths about Ms Nafisi’s upbringing that she chose to keep private while her parents were alive. The book is less inventive than her earlier work, which was not so much about the author than about the contradictions of post-revolutionary Iran. But it still has appeal as a portrait of a family and a country that are at once alluring and deeply dysfunctional.

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Oh my dear lord!

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from the economist:

"Nezhat is a metaphor for Iran: a person of enormous promise who never fulfils her potential. The smartest student in her school, she should have been a doctor, but instead has become “another intelligent woman gone to waste”. She compensates by seeking to control her domain but, like Iran, alienates those who love her and pushes them away."

My eyes are rolling so hard, I may damage my optic nerve.