The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

Azar Nafisi

A passionate hymn to the ability of fiction to alter people’s lives, via the number 1 New York occasions bestselling writer of Reading Lolita in Tehran

Ten years in the past, Azar Nafisi electrified readers along with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which instructed the tale of ways, opposed to the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The nice Gatsby and different classics to her keen scholars in Iran. during this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the ebook her enthusiasts were watching for: an impassioned, beguiling, and totally unique tribute to the important significance of fiction in a democratic society. What interpreting Lolita in Tehran used to be for Iran, The Republic of mind's eye is for America.

Taking her cue from a problem thrown to her in Seattle, the place a skeptical reader informed her that americans don’t care approximately books the way in which they did again in Iran, she energetically responds to those that say fiction has not anything to educate us. mixing memoir and polemic with shut readings of her favourite American novels—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The center Is a Lonely Hunter, among others—she invitations us to hitch her as voters of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the one passport to access is a loose brain and a willingness to dream.

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