Books: Things I've Been Silent About

Azar Nafisi of Reading Lolita in Tehran has written a second memoir, Things I've Been Silent About, reviewed in this week's New York Times Book Review section.

I haven't read her first book, but this second one appeals to me for several reasons, and the reviewer's comments touched on issues I've been examining in literature and non-fiction and in my own writing. She states in the review, "she relies on memory, a powerful tool that can distort as well as enlighten."

And Nafisi statement that the memoir is “a response to my own inner censor and inquisitor."

The censor has often plagued me in writing and in speech.

It is the very issue of memory and distortion that rides the see-saw of reality.

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