The Republic of Imagination

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi

This book was mentioned in show 663 and some clips were played from an interview with Azar Nafisi. In there was even a quote from Ray Bradbury. Azar makes the case for fiction in the modern democratic society.

From the publisher:

Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader told her that Americans don’t care about books the way they did back in Iran, she energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, among others—she invites us to join her as citizens of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.