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Good as a Fiction just like Herman Rosenblat's desputed book.
on July 28, 2012
That is ok if readers find this book interesting, but please keep in mind that this book was disputed by many real political prisoners who have suffered in Iran's dark prisons.
"The charge that Nemat invented many of the events she describes while incarcerated in Iran's infamous Evin prison as a girl first appeared with the book's publication five years ago. Twenty-six people identifying themselves as former political prisoners of the Iranian government signed a scathing open letter to its publisher, Penguin Canada.
"The publication of Ms. Nemat's book outraged us," they wrote, arguing that "the atmosphere and scenes are fictional." The former prisoners attacked the book's averted execution scene "as so impossible that it can only be a fiction of the writer's imagination," and condemned the book as "an insult to ourselves and the thousands of political prisoners that were executed in the prisons of the Islamic Republic."
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The reality is dark enough so there is no need to decorate it with lies unless letting readers know about it. She just wanted to have a good life and make some money and although her intention to make western readers familiar with Iranian political prisons should be very welcome, a mix of truth and fiction should not be claimed and sold as a "true memoirs".
Look at what happened in the case of Herman Rosenblat.