Literature / Reading Lolita In Tehran
A novel written in 2003, by Iranian author Azar Nafisi. According to Wikipedia
, the book is a memoir of the experience of the author who returned to Iran during the revolution (1978-1981) and lived and taught in the Islamic Republic of Iran until her departure in 1997. Events are interlaced with the stories of book club members consisting of seven of her female students, who met weekly at Nafisi's house to discuss works of literature including the controversial 'Lolita' and the texts are interpreted through the books they read.
Reading Lolita in Tehran provides examples of:
- A Mother to Her Girls: Azar with her students. She calls them "her girls" she fusses of them, and takes very special interest in them. It is frequently lampshaded by her friends and family.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Nassrin and Mahshid.
- Apologises a Lot: Sanaz. It's part of her Establishing Character Moment.
- Big Ham: Yassi. She jokes all the time.
- Birds of a Feather: Manna and Nima. Reserved, self-depricaitingm prefectionist intellectuals with a sharp tongue.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Nima, Manna's husband. Lampshaded by Azar alot.
- Cool Teacher: Azar.
- Creepy Uncle: Nassrin's uncle, who crossed the line from creepy to abusive.
- Deadpan Snarker: Yassi and Nassrin. However, only Nassrin fits the deadpan part.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Mahshid. She actually utters those very words.
- Ethical Slut: Azin. She mostly invokes this as a defense from all the Slut-Shaming the more conservative girls put her through.
- Fallen Princess: Mina, the daughter of the Iranian national poet who has fallen from grace.
- The Hermit: Azar's magician. He is almost a Hikikomori.
- Holier Than Thou: Some of the more radical Islamist and Marxist students in the novel. In the group there is a downplayed version of this trope - Mahshid.
- Honor-Related Abuse: Sanaz's brother mistreats her in order "to restore the family honor" after her arrest.
- I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: The excuse used by both Nassrin's Creepy Uncle and her Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend.
- Must Have Caffeine: Azar, who is oddly addicted to coffee flavoured ice cream.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Azar's husband. He wants to pull his weight helping the country, regardless of his opinions of the regime.
- Old Maid: Mahshid is hardly old, but she treated like an old maid by the conservative society surrounding her.
- Plucky Girl: Yassi. She has some of shades of The Pollyanna too.
- Posthumous Character: Razia, the Henry James fanatic who was executed in prison.
- Proper Lady: Mahshid. They even nickname her "The Lady".
- Proud Beauty: Mitra. As quiet and innocent as she seems, she is very aware of the affect she has on men.
- Rape as Backstory: Nassrin. See Creepy Uncle.
- Really Gets Around: Azin - three husbands and counting. Poor girl undergoes some serious Slut-Shaming for it.
- Shrinking Violet: Mitra. Lampshaded by Nassrin.
- Trickster Mentor: Azar's Magician. He's constantly pulling her leg.
- Troubled, but Cute: Nassrin is rare female example.
- The Un Favourite: Sanaz. Her parents put her little brother first - always.