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Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman's Story of Survival Inside an Iranian Prison Paperback – May 6, 2008
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But they never fired at her.
Several fellow prisoners in Tehran's brutal Evin prison were executed that night, but Marina was spared, literally at the last minute. A pardon from Ayatollah Khomeini himself had commuted her sentence to life imprisonment. One of her prison guards had fallen in love with her and interceded on her behalf. But her salvation came at a heartwrenching price: Ali, her protector, wanted to marry her --- with the stipulation that if she refused him, her own family would be subject to arrest, torture, perhaps even execution.
Marina Nemat has no previous track record as a writer beyond articles in her high school newspaper in Tehran, but she tells this incredible story with grace and eloquence in this engrossing memoir. She offers no outright acknowledgement of ghostwriting help, so take her at her word --- this is her own account, subject to the usual reservations about fading memory and the need to protect the identities of others.
Marina, a member of Iran's tiny Christian minority, comes across in her own words as a spunky teenage political activist, but also as somewhat naïve. Born in 1965, she was dismayed by the excesses of the radical Islamist regime that had taken over Iran when the Shah was driven out. She attended anti-regime street demonstrations and wrote protest articles in her school newspaper, but seemed oblivious to the consequences of such actions. Like any teenager, she was more preoccupied with adolescent crushes and summer vacations on the shore of the Caspian Sea.Read more ›
Prisoner of Tehran is a vivid reminder to the world about how cruel and bigoted is Aytolla's regime in Iran.It is an alarming testimony, a wake up call to all.While reading, I wondered if Marina's book will ever be published in her birth country.
(he not only fought the Iraqis but had himself been tortured earlier by the Shah's men). Despite all the pain and suffering from totalitarianism and war, Nemat herself retains a dignified humility and care for other human beings and thankfully does have a relatively happy ending in the book by emmigrating to Canada with her husband and children. The book also features an interview with the author that is rather interesting.Read more ›
I thought Marina wrote well, alternating chapters of life in prison with life before prison, until they merged together. Her first forced marriage with prison guard Ali until his murder, her forced conversion to Islam, the torture, the execution of her cell mates... Nemat's prose was engaging and compelling.
I hope this memoir provided some amount of healing for Marina. I hope it is embarrassing to the people of Iran. I hope life only gets better for Iran's political prisoners, her women, and her freedoms. And I hope those involved in state-sanctioned torture and murder will be called to the carpet as soon as possible. Alas, I have little hope my latter wish will happen anytime soon.
Marina, on behalf of humanity, I offer you my sincerest apologies for how you were treated.
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Extremely powerful and emotional memoir. My mom and I were shocked to find out that she once personally knew Andre, as she was apart of the same church in Iran decades ago. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Patrick Fazeli
There are no words to describe this horrific story of deep faith and courage. God bless you for writing your story which deeply touched my heart and you are an amazing woman of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Denk
I heard Ms. Nemat interviewed on a radio show and immediately downloaded the Kindle book. It is a very compelling biography. Ms. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laura D
I felt an amazing connection with this woman while reading the book. And I cried a lot which is not very typical for me.Published 5 months ago by Natalya
Prisoner of Tehran by Canadian author, Marina Nemat is a memoir written in 2007.
A part Russian Christian girl caught up in the Iranian Revolution, she was held as a... Read more
A very well written book which takes you through the life of a very special girl as she experiences the horrors of something most of us can't imaginePublished 9 months ago by Marilyn Majeri