In the novel Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi gave a heart-wrenching account of her experience as an English teacher in the capital of Iran when the 1979 revolution threatened to drag the once thriving country back to the Middle Ages.
She wrote: ‘My generation complained of a loss, the void in our lives that was created when our past was stolen from us, making us exiles in our own country.
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