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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: Azar Nafisi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Azar Nafisi, author of the international best seller 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.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • Absorbing . . . a testament to the ways in which narrative truth-telling—from the greatest works of literature to the most intimate family stories—sustains and strengthens us. O: The Oprah Magazine
  • Deeply felt . . . an affecting account of a family’s struggle. New York Times
  • A gifted storyteller with a mastery of Western literature, Nafisi knows how to use language both to settle scores and to seduce. New York Times Book Review
  • An immensely rewarding and beautifully written act of courage, by turns amusing, tender and obsessively dogged. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • A lyrical, often wrenching memoir. People

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gita | 2/14/2014

    " How understanding our family "stories" can help us to decipher the present. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/11/2014

    " i started listeniing to this book on tape but realized I just have toooo many books on my plate and have to back off it for now. I think I am on chapter 2 or 3. I hope I'll get back to it some time as I enjoyed reading her book "Reading Lolita in Tehran". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting combination of life and events in Iran, before and during the Islamic revolution, and the difficult relationship between the author and her mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by MK Brunskill-Cowen | 1/16/2014

    " I was disappointed in Nafisi's newest book. While her prose is simply amazing, I lost interest in her relationship with her parents, which is the primary focus of the book. "

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