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Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Hay Festival 2004 , 
For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature: Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita. 'We were, to borrow from Nabokov, to experience how the ordinary pebble of oridinary life could be transformed into a jewel through the magic eye of fictiion'.