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A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to transform people's lives, by the number one New York Times best-selling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy best seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The Republic of Imagination is for America.

Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader told her that Americans don't care about books the way they did back in Iran, she challenges those who say fiction has nothing to teach us. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels - from Huckleberry Finn to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter - she invites us to join her as citizens of her "Republic of Imagination," a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy, and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

©2014 Azar Nafisi (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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This is a beautiful love story to American literature. Read this is you love to read, or if you want to be taught how to love to read.

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