The Sydney Opera House will play host to three additional events for the Ideas At The House program this year.

Iranian-American author Azar Nafisi will presentThe Power Of Literature, exploring the crucial role literature plays in democratic societies. Nafisi is the best-selling author ofReading Lolita In Tehran, a documentation of her experiences teaching Western classics in secret in Iran.

British academic and historian Sir Richard Evans will be exploring the strange hold that the Nazi regime still has on us. Discussing the historical approach to the period and how it shapes our perception of the Nazis, Evans will aim to answer the question of why the Nazis still have such a powerful hold over our imaginations so many years on.

Louis de Bernieres, acclaimed writer and poet, will be sharing the stories that inspired him to create such literary successes asRed Dogand Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. De Bernieres will share his experiences writing, which relied heavily on travel and history.

The Power of Literature with Azar Nafisi will be on Sunday July 5 at the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House. Why We Still Talk About The Naziswith Sir Richard Evans will be on Sunday July 26, and In Conversation with Louis de Bernieres will be on Monday August 24 at the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

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