After the publication of two photos in which it was possible to see the book “Reading Lolita in Tehran” translated in Farsi (and sold in the capital), the Iranian Ministry of Culture was harshly attacked by the conservative faction. During a press conference, the spokesperson of the Ministry denied that the Government has given the official permission to publish this book inside the Islamic Republic. On the contrary, he said, this book remains forbidden and remarked that it has arrived in the country only through informal and illegal channels.
Ending his press conference, the Spokesman of the Ministry of Culture described “Reading Lolita in Tehran” as obscene publication, and denounced the “illegal books’ trafficking” in the Islamic Republic. Haftrah.ir reports that the book was translated in Canada and arrived in Iran from Afghanistan.