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Azar Nafisi on the power of literature to fight authoritarianism
Between international conflicts, political division, misinformation, rising anti-democratic forces, and a pandemic... it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the latest news headlines. But the antidote to that hopelessness may be as close as your bookshelf or local library. So says Azar Nafisi, the acclaimed author who's perhaps best-known for her memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran. Her new collection of essays Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times is a reading list of sorts, written in the form of letters to her late father about the work of writers from Plato and Salman Rushdie, to Margaret Atwood and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Nafisi about why she turned to them for inspiration, as she struggled to make sense of the rise of authoritarianism around the world.