Lila Azam Zanganeh

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Lila Azam Zanganeh
Photo by Marcelo Correa
Photo by Marcelo Correa
Paris, France
NationalityIranian, French
Alma materÉcole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud, Harvard University

Lila Azam Zanganeh is a writer raised in Paris, France, by exiled Iranian parents. She lives and works in New York City.[1] She is the author of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness (Norton, 2011).[2] She is a member of the jury for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction.[3]

Life and work[edit]

Azam Zanganeh was born in Paris to Iranian parents. After studying literature and philosophy[citation needed] at the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud[4] · [5], she moved to the United States to become a teaching fellow in literature, cinema, and Romance languages at Harvard University. In 2002, she began contributing literary articles, interviews, and essays to a host of American and European publications, among which The New York Times, The Paris Review, Le Monde, and la Repubblica.[6][7]

Her first book, The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, has been published by W. W. Norton & Company in the United States, Penguin Books in the United Kingdom, fr:Éditions de L'Olivier in France, Contact in Holland, L'Ancora del Mediterraneo in Italy, Duomo Ediciones in Spain, Azbooka in Russia, Büchergilde Gutenberg in Germany, Everest in Turkey, Shang Shu in China, Al-Kamel in Lebanon, and Alfaguara Objetiva in Brazil, where it reached No. 10 on the national Brazilian bestseller list.

She is fluent in seven languages (English, French, Persian, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Portuguese) and is the recipient of the 2011 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism, awarded each year by the Center for Fiction. She writes and lives in New York City, and is at work on a new novel titled A Tale for Lovers & Madmen.

Social initiatives[edit]

Azam Zanganeh serves on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee [8] and the Advisory Board of Libraries Without Borders. Since September 2015, she has served as the Chair of Programs for Narrative 4,[9] a global story-exchange organization that promotes radical empathy.

Up until the end of 2011, Azam Zanganeh served on the advisory board of The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization which provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa.


  • The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness (2011). ISBN 978-0-393-07992-0
  • My Sister, Guard Your Veil, My Brother, Guard Your Eyes: Uncensored Iranian Voices (2006) (edited by Lila Azam Zanganeh). ISBN 978-0-8070-0463-0


  1. ^ Heyman, Stephen (May 24, 2011). "Reading 'Lolita.' Forgetting Tehran". Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness". Lila Azam Zanganeh (Author), W.W. Norton.
  3. ^ "Colin Thubron and Tom Phillips join Lola Young on 2017 Man Booker jury". the Guardian. 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  4. ^ search "Azam".
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  6. ^ "Umberto Eco, The Art of Fiction No. 197", The Paris Review, Summer 2008, No. 185.
  7. ^ "Jorge Semprún, The Art of Fiction No. 192", The Paris Review, Spring 2007, No. 180.
  8. ^ "IRC Board of Directors and Overseers". International Rescue Committee (IRC). 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  9. ^ "June 20, 2016". Narrative4. 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2017-02-16.

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