Iranian Memoirs

This recommended reading list includes memoirs by Iranian women that depict the turbulent history and rich culture of their country and the people who live there.

Books by Azar Nafisi | Iranian memoirs

Books by Azar Nafisi

Things I've Been Silent About: Memories
By Azar Nafisi
The author of the international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran offers a stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, with moving memories of her life lived in thrall to a powerful and difficult mother, against the background of Iran during a time of revolution and change.

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
By Azar Nafisi
Every week for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. This extraordinary memoir is an exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

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Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
By Roya Hakakian
This lyrical coming-of-age story creates an intimate portrait of life in Tehran: the author's family and friends, her life at school, her observations of Iran's political life, and her longing to escape a sense of displacement from her home, culture, and language.

Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution, and Leaving Iran
By Afschineh Latifi, with Pablo F. Fenjves
In the richly evocative tradition of the bestselling Reading Lolita in Tehran, this is a story of a family that had the courage to dream impossible dreams and to make them come true against impossible odds.

My Life as a Traitor
By Zarah Ghahramani, with Robert Hillman
Iranian student Ghahramani was swept off the streets of Tehran and taken to the notorious Evin prison. Her crime was in wanting to slide back her headscarf to feel the sun on her hair. This is her richly textured memoir that celebrates a triumph of the individual over the state.

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Camelia, Save Yourself by Telling the Truth: A Memoir of Iran
By Camelia Entekhabifard, translated from the Persian by George Mürer
An extraordinarily vivid look inside post-revolutionary Iran, this is the memoir of an Iranian journalist who was sent to prison because of her bold coverage of current affairs for reformist newspapers.

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir
By Marina Nemat
Nemat, a 16-year-old student activist at the start of the Islamic revolution, was arrested, jailed in Tehran's infamous Evin prison, tortured, and sentenced to death. Prisoner of Tehran is the heartbreaking story of the price she was forced to pay for her freedom--and her life.

Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope
By Shirin Ebadi with Azadeh Moaveni
The moving, inspiring memoir of Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, offers a vivid picture of the struggles of one woman against the system.

Persian Girls: A Memoir
By Nahid Rachlin
A story of promises kept and promises broken, of dreams and secrets, and most importantly, of sisters, Persian Girls is a gripping memoir that can change the way anyone looks at Iran and the women who populate it.

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