Anne McElvoy meets Iranian author Azar Nafisi, whose Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books was an international bestseller. Plus a review of the new film State of Play.
Anne McElvoy meets Iranian author Azar Nafisi whose book Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books was an international bestseller and caused considerable controversy. Nafisi, who now lives in the United States, was accused of creating a colonial view of life in Iran and of collaborating with neo-conservative thinkers in Washington. Her new book, Things I've Been Silent About: Memorie, explores her family life in Tehran - where her father was the city mayor under the Shah.
Plus a look at the Washington political thriller State of Play, as Anne and guests assess the success of the transformation of Paul Abbott's celebrated British television series into a big-name Hollywood film starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck.