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Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside a Torture Jail

Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside a Torture Jail

Author(s): Marina Nemat

Location(s): Tehran

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1980s onwards

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‘Nemat tells of her harrowing experience as a young Iranian girl at the start of the Islamic revolution. In January 1982, the 16-year-old student activist was arrested, jailed in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison, tortured and sentenced to death. Ali, one of her interrogators, intervened moments before her execution, having used family connections with Ayatollah Khomeini himself to reduce her sentence to life in prison. The price: she would convert to Islam (she was Christian) and marry him, or he would see to it that her family and boyfriend, Andre, were jailed or even killed. She remained a political prisoner for two years. Nemat’s engaging memoir is rich with complex characters – loved ones lost on both sides of this bloody conflict. Ali, the man who rapes and subjugates her, also saves her life several times – he is assassinated by his own subordinates. His family embraces Nemat with more affection and acceptance than her own, even fighting for her release after his death. Nemat ret (Publishers’ Weekly, US )

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‘Nemat (tells) an extraordinary story of life in revolutionary Iran, of imprisonment, forced marriage and conversion to Islam’ (Sue Baker, Publishing News )

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