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Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir - Marina Nemat
Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir
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What would you give up to protect your loved ones? Your life?In her heartbreaking, triumphant, and elegantly written memoir, Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat tells the heart-pounding story of her life as a young girl in Iran during the early days of Ayatollah Khomeini's brutal Islamic... show more
What would you give up to protect your loved ones? Your life?In her heartbreaking, triumphant, and elegantly written memoir, Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat tells the heart-pounding story of her life as a young girl in Iran during the early days of Ayatollah Khomeini's brutal Islamic Revolution.In January 1982, Marina Nemat, then just sixteen years old, was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death for political crimes. Until then, her life in Tehran had centered around school, summer parties at the lake, and her crush on Andre, the young man she had met at church. But when math and history were subordinated to the study of the Koran and political propaganda, Marina protested. Her teacher replied, "If you don't like it, leave." She did, and, to her surprise, other students followed.Soon she was arrested with hundreds of other youths who had dared to speak out, and they were taken to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Two guards interrogated her. One beat her into unconsciousness; the other, Ali, fell in love with her.Sentenced to death for refusing to give up the names of her friends, she was minutes from being executed when Ali, using his family connections to Ayatollah Khomeini, plucked her from the firing squad and had her sentence reduced to life in prison. But he exacted a shocking price for saving her life — with a dizzying combination of terror and tenderness, he asked her to marry him and abandon her Christian faith for Islam. If she didn't, he would see to it that her family was harmed. She spent the next two years as a prisoner of the state, and of the man who held her life, and her family's lives, in his hands.Lyrical, passionate, andsuffused throughout with grace and sensitivity, Marina Nemat's memoir is like no other. Her search for emotional redemption envelops her jailers, her husband and his family, and the country of her birth — each of whom she grants the greatest gift of all: forgiveness
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781416556633 (141655663X)
Publisher: Free Press
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
How do you review books about trauma? I've been thinking about that a lot the last few days, as I was trying to figure out what I wanted to say about this book, and also the two I read around the same time, reviews for which will appear over the next few days. I've said the universe sometimes throws...
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I loved this book. It was a rare opportunity to learn about the life of common people of Iran. The author described her life before and after the collapse of the freedoms within Iran. Although it was a historical account, it was told in a interesting fashion and kept me interested to see how she ...
The Review Man
The Review Man rated it
I have a strong interest in Iranian culture (particularly in Persian cinema) and I'd like to visit Tehran and perhaps even live in the Middle East someday—if the political climate simmers down a bit, that is. Hence why I picked up Prisoner of Tehran at a local Chapters. I was prepared to enjoy the s...
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