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Reading 'Lolita.' Forgetting Tehran.

24 May 2011 02:46Comments

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[ profiles ] In the commodities exchange of American letters, Lila Azam Zanganeh is an easy buy: She's got that appealing balance of Near Eastern extraction, European education and Yankee ambition. Born in Paris to Iranian exiles, she studied at the prestigious École Normale Supérieure before teaching literary seminars at Harvard. Now she lives in New York and is something of a fixture at book parties and publishing events. (She was just on the cover of Thursday Styles, giving Jon-Jon Goulian, another of the season's publishing darlings, a protracted peck.) She speaks six languages, sings opera and is quite beautiful, although even her sultry glamour is tempered a bit by a childlike innocence. Continue reading on NYT blog. Photo: Deidre Schoo for The New York Times

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