Azar Nafisi - This character grows up in Tehran, then goes to Europe and America for further education. While abroad, this character becomes homesick for Iran, and returns to Tehran during a time when Iran was beginning a revolution.
Nafisi's students - These characters demonstrate a deep commitment to the study of literature, and participate in a secret study group held weekly in the home of a university professor.
The Magician - This character is a confidant to the narrator. This character resigns as a professor when the university curriculum is changed to include works supportive of the political revolution.
The Kid - This character is forced to bury his grandmother in a secret grave.
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