Lila Azam Zanganeh



4 to 11 February 2017

Biography —

Lila was born in Paris to Iranian parents. After studying Literature and Philosophy, she moved to the United States to teach Literature, Cinema, and Romance languages at Harvard University. In 2002, she began publishing literary articles, interviews, and essays in such newspapers and magazines  as The New York TimesThe Paris ReviewLe Monde, and La Repubblica. Her first book, The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, has been translated into several languages, and she is currently finishing a novel titled A Tale for Lovers and Madmen.

Lila is fluent in seven languages and she is a memeber of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee and the Advisory Board of Libraries Without Borders. Since September 2015, she has also been Chair of Programs for Narrative4, a global story-exchange organization that promotes radical empathy.


Project —

At Faber I will be working on finishing my novel, A Tale for Lovers and Madmen, the first section of which (“Black”) takes place in part in Catalunya. The book is a rewriting of the Chanson de Roland, and follows a knight through 1400 years. The first section of the book (constructed in seven colors) is called BLACK, and BLACK is in part set in Catalunya, not just in Barcino (in the 9th century) but also in the rugged countryside. It will be quite beautiful, and more than a little miraculous, to actually be in Catalunya as I complete this book.