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Reading Lolita in Tehran - Friday, February 18th, 2011

New Opera Reading and Performance: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Elisabeth Mehl Greene, composer

based on the book by Azar Nafisi libretto by Elisabeth Mehl Greene and Mitra Motlagh

Friday, February 18, 2011 7:30 pm - Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi's bestselling book, comes to the stage in this new opera by UMD doctoral student Elisabeth Mehl Greene, with a libretto by the composer and Mitra Motlagh.

Based on Nafisi's experiences secretly teaching Western literature to a group of female students after the Iranian Revolution, the work reveals the grim realities of revolutionary Iran but also illuminates the power of literature to provide universal insights into the human condition.

Explore Washington Post and New York Times reviews of this groundbreaking work, as well as writings on and by author Azar Nafisi in the UM Libraries:

  Articles and Reviews: New York Times and Washington Post reviews of Reading Lolita in Tehran as well as articles on and by Nafisi

  Writings by Azar Nafisi, including her memoirs Things I've Been Silent About

  Author Azar Nafisi's offical website