Azar Nafisi's autobiography “Things I Have Been Silent About.” Reviewed by Elaine SCIOLINO
03-Jan-2009 (3 comments)

Azar Nafisi:Writing the book was a very un-Iranian thing to do. Most of my Iranian friends were raised never to reveal family secrets to outsiders, certainly not strangers. We don’t air our dirty linen in public, Nafisi’s mother would tell her. But after her parents’ deaths, she found herself determined to erase “the fictions my parents told us — fictions about themselves as well as others.” The memoir, she writes, is “a response to my own inner censor and inquisitor.” The revolution, which destroyed the certainties of her family’s lives, made remembrance more critical. “If the present was fragile and fickle, the past could become a surrogate home,” she writes.

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Nader Vanaki

The Iranian Version of Mommy Dearest

by Nader Vanaki on

Azar Naffissi is attempting a Mommy Dearest approach to push her khaaleh zaanak stories.  Most defintiely a boring read.


I know two other die hard

by daryoush (not verified) on

I know two other die hard Iranian neocon with similar troubled childhood. Their parents had divorced and they both had a very difficult relationship with their maternal mother. I wonder if there is a pattern here.

Maryam Hojjat

Thanks DK

by Maryam Hojjat on

I am looking forward reading this book.