Photo: Dolph Cantrijn
France, 1976
author A Tale for Lovers and Other Madmen

Lila Azam Zanganeh

Lila Azam Zanganeh, daughter of Iranian exiles, is an acclaimed writer. Her literary debut, The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness (2011), explores the work and person of Vladimir Nabokov to demonstrate how reading and writing can be ecstatic and thus deeply exhilarating experiences. She has regularly written essays for international dailies and magazines including The New York TimesLe Monde and La Repubblica, and is the author of the forthcoming novel A Tale for Lovers & Other Madmen. She has taught literature and cinema at Harvard University, and was a judge for the 2017 Man Booker Prize in the uk as well as the Formentor Prize in Spain. Azam Zanganeh is a global ambassador for Libraries without Borders and an advocate for Narrative4, a global organization which promotes empathy through the exchange of stories, proving that every life matters and creating understanding by breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes.

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Journal Nexus

Nexus 83

Wat regeert de wereld?
Journal Nexus

Nexus 68

Oorlog en vrede
Journal Nexus

Nexus 61

Verloren liefde

Speaker at


or What Will Rule the World?

The Ring

Sunday 10 November 2019 9.30 – 16.00 National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam


Anniversary Conference

War and Peace

20 September 2014 10.00 - 17.00 National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam
Lila Azam Zanganeh copyright Hank Gans


Nexus Masterclass Lila Azam Zanganeh

Love & Literature

10 April 2014 20.00 - 22.00 Auditorium Tilburg University


Lila Azam Zanganeh speakes with eloquence about the special effects that literature can have on life.