Objects & Places from Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books

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Nafisi's apartment

As the setting for many of the events in the book, this functions as an oasis of free thought and speech in a desert of repression.

The University of Tehran

This is the principal scene of battles between extremist Islamists and secular elements of the revolution.

The veil

This object is imposed on women by the regime. This object comes to symbolize all that Nafisi opposes in post-revolutionary Iran, and the loss of academic freedom and freedom of thought.

The morality squads

These punish those who transgress the strict Islamic codes, such as associations between unrelated men and women.

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