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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,528 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Azar Nafisi Narrator: Naila Azad Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Azar Nafisi, author of the beloved international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, now gives us a stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, memories of her life lived in thrall to a powerful and complex mother, against the background of a country’s political revolution. A girl’s pain over family secrets; a young woman’s discovery of the power of sensuality in literature; the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval–these and other threads are woven together in this beautiful memoir, as a gifted storyteller once again transforms the way we see the world and “reminds us of why we read in the first place” (Newsday). Nafisi’s intelligent and complicated mother, disappointed in her dreams of leading an important and romantic life, created mesmerizing fictions about herself, her family, and her past. But her daughter soon learned that these narratives of triumph hid as much as they revealed. Nafisi’s father escaped into narratives of another kind, enchanting his children with the classic tales like the Shahnamah, the Persian Book of Kings. When her father started seeing other women, young Azar began to keep his secrets from her mother. Nafisi’s complicity in these childhood dramas ultimately led her to resist remaining silent about other personal, as well as political, cultural, and social, injustices. Reaching back in time to reflect on other generations in the Nafisi family, Things I’ve Been Silent About is also a powerful historical portrait of a family that spans many periods of change leading up to the Islamic Revolution of 1978-79, which turned Azar Nafisi’s beloved Iran into a religious dictatorship. Writing of her mother’s historic term in Parliament, even while her father, once mayor of Tehran, was in jail, Nafisi explores the remarkable “coffee hours” her mother presided over, where at first women came together to gossip, to tell fortunes, and to give silent acknowledgment of things never spoken about, and which then evolved into gatherings where men and women would meet to openly discuss the unfolding revolution. 

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ilaria | 1/30/2014

    " even better than "reading lolita in teheran". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ali | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting memoir, but personal. Expected more social commentary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cmd | 1/9/2014

    " This was an honest and moving portrayal of Nafisi's family relationships and her life in Iran. The fraught relationship with her mother, while affected by the frustrations of growing up in the twin dictatorships of the Shah and the Mullahs, could be transposed in any family. It was also interesting to see Iranian contemorary from a personal perspective. This has been explored before, notably in the "Persepolis" books, but this gives new views and nuances. The only drawback is a find Nafisi could get lost in monologues on her beloved literature; However many of these were very interesting, and I do not think this is a major flaw.I listened to this book, and would highly reccomend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dorinde De Tempe | 1/6/2014

    " As this book is much more personal than her former one, although as beautifully written, it took me more effort to get through. Especially her complaining about her mother sometimes annoyed me. Still it is worth to read "

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