Prisoner Of Tehran: A Memoir

Prisoner Of Tehran: A Memoir

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What would you give up to protect your loved ones? Your life?<P><P>In her heartbreaking, triumphant, and elegantly written memoir, <I>Prisoner of Tehran</i>, 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.<P><P>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.<P><P>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.<P><P>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.<P><P>Lyrical, passionate, and suffused 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.<P><P>
Publisher: Toronto, Ont : Viking Canada, 2007 Toronto, Ont : Viking Canada, 2007 Toronto, Ont : Viking Canada, 2007 Toronto, Ont : Viking Canada, 2007
ISBN: 9780670066124
Characteristics: 320 ; cm
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Sensitively written for those of us who have never been exposed to such violence and don't have the constitution for too much detail. Nevertheless I was deeply moved by the story, the lack of control one could have over one's life for a youthful 'misdemeanor' as judged by the state and especially her family's reaction to her return from prison. Thank you to a courageous author for the emotional cost she paid to write this story for the western world.

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lorraine_on_rodney
Oct 02, 2013

powerful and moving book; hard to believe this could happen yet it did.

It's the kind of book that actually grabs you and plunges you head first into its depths. It's the kind of book that leaves you stricken and shaking before the cruelty of the human race, but also wondering about some of the most profound controversies of it's members characters. The book follows Marina throughout her stay in Evin, Iran. She offers incredible insight into life in Iran at that time and shows the ins and outs of revolution (this book is especialy interesting if you can make links to the recent arab spring). Her stories will stay with you long after you have closed the book.

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Pauline R. Wolf
Jan 13, 2013

Harrowing tale of survival of a Christian teen arrested, tortured and blackmailed by revolutionary guards. Author's story from her arrest in 1982 through to 1991. Excellently written biography.

BPLNextBestAdults Oct 16, 2012

In 1982 sixteen-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested for her anti-revolutionary views and sent to Evin prison in Iran. This memoir recounts her life prior and during her stay in the prison. Marina was tortured, forced to marry one of the prison interrogators and forced to convert to Islam. After her first husband was assassinated, her father-in-law was able to secure her release. She then married her Christian boyfriend, Andre. Because she married a non-Muslim it was dangerous for both Marina and her husband Andre to remain in Iran. After three years both were able to get passports when they paid a large sum of money to be allowed to leave Iran. They first settled in Spain and then immigrated to Toronto as refugees. A truly inspirational tale of courage and conviction.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

At 16, the author was imprisoned, somewhat tortured, married her prison guard, and converted to Islam from Christianity. Her husband was assassinated; she was released, married and emigrated to Canada. Naive and of questionable understanding.

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flowergirl
Jul 21, 2012

Incredible true story - gives credence to the fact that truth is stranger than fiction. High recommend!

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VIRLGirl
Jun 02, 2012

Highly recommended. I heard about this book in Canada Reads. It deserved to win. I liked it much better than "Something Fierce."

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rachelmegan
May 18, 2012

Amazing book. Truly gripping, honest and raw without going into gory detail. Ms. Nemat's story is remarkable. She is a great author, managing to transmit the essence of the human spirit that is in all of us. So relate able yet shocking and deeply emotional. Should be essential reading.

Shansbooks Jan 31, 2012

Canada Reads 2012

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May 06, 2011

Arrested at age 16 in Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran, Marina Nemat was imprisoned in Teheran's notoricous Evin prison for 2 years. She was married to a leader at the prisoner who resigned his position and was shot to death. Marina returned to prison and was released after husband's father pleaded her case. She returned to her parents home and later married long time boyfriend. They had one child and later emigrated to Canada in 1991. She now resides in Toronto. Conditions in Evin prisioner were very brutual.

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