Lila Azam Zanganeh

France, 1976

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.


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