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THE REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATION
by Azar Nafisi | Read by Mozhan Marnò, Azar Nafisi

This genre-defying gem of an audiobook is an exhilarating reminder of the power of literature to make us think, feel, and strive. With THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, BABBITT, and THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER as her touchstones, Nafisi (who wrote READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN) argues the centrality of literature to democracy and decries its diminution in educational policy and public thought. Nafisi’s rich, undulating voice introduces her own premise. Narrator Mozhan Marno’s clarion voice carries that message to its conclusion. Literature lovers and librarians will naturally be drawn to Nafisi’s message, but, as she herself notes, those who would benefit most are exactly those least likely to listen. Forgo your earbuds and see whom you can evangelize by playing this inspiring audiobook out loud. K.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine