Assigning the world a book

Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) has high hopes for the online book club she wants to start.

Just imagine, she muses, the potential for global enlightenment if millions of people came together as a community of readers to discuss the words and ideas of international authors, both living and dead, who can provoke “the shock and recognition that how alike we are is far more than our differences.”

“If our new president in Iran could come to understand that people in Israel have the same thoughts and emotions as he; if he could understand that, as Shakespeare says, ‘If you prick them they will bleed,’ he would not be saying let’s wipe them off the map,” says Nafisi, who fled Iran in 1997 and now teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

(Via The Literary Saloon.)


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