The Republic of Imagination

The Republic of Imagination

America in Three Books

Book - 2014
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The best-selling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran presents an impassioned tribute to the importance of fiction to democracy that blends memoir with close readings of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, ©2014
ISBN: 9780670026067
Branch Call Number: 813.009 NAF 2014
Characteristics: 338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Sís, Peter 1949-

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quagga Feb 20, 2015

I found the part about James Baldwin, in the epilogue, particularly powerful.

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StephenFoster
Jan 22, 2015

The writer sustains a wise conversation with three American classic works (Huckleberry Finn; Babbitt; and Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter). Nafisi describes the influence of each of these works in her reading and teaching lives (one life, integrated), and the importance of the books in American life and perception. Her discussions of meanings intersect and mingle with her views of her native society (Iran) and with her adopted one (American). Well worth reading and reflecting on--since what she has to say about writers and the humanities in our contemporary society are both crucial.

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Poppasauk
Jan 14, 2015

Excellently written perspective on life in the US using great American novels as the matrix. Well worth the time to read.

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