The author of an innovative book about Nabokov, The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, which has been translated into ten languages. Born to Iranian parents, she studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and went on to teach literature, cinema and Romance languages at Harvard University. She has since conducted interviews and written essays for a range of publications including the New York Times and the Paris Review. Along with Sheila Heti, Adam Thirlwell and Geoff Dyer, she contributed to Visual Editions’ map-based work Where You Are. She is a judge of the Formentor Prize, and is the recipient of the 2011 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism.