One of the better books I ve read in a long time Always so interesting for me to read about other people s experience during the Iran Revolution I was too young to remember much but it definitely had a major impact on my life and those of my family family friends, etc This woman s experience was so moving So hard to believe she experienced all that she did and at such a young age she was only 16 when they arrested her I had read other reviews of this book that criticized her memory of exact details, etc I think it s important to keep in mind that these are her memoirs and remembering the past is not always crystal clear in terms of specific dates, places, events For a first time writer, I think she did a great job I really liked the book and found it hard to put down. 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 me books in clumps Well, this time it was three about traumatic experiences under authoritarian governments Two fiction, one non fiction.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Marina Nemat S Peaceful Childhood In Tehran Was Shattered When The Iranian Revolution Of Ushered In A New Era Of Islamic Rule After Complaining To Her Teachers About Lessons Being Replaced By Koran Study, Marina Was Arrested Late One Evening She Was Taken To The Notorious Prison, Evin, Where She Was Interrogated And Tortured Aged Sixteen, She Was Sentenced To Death Prisoner Of Tehran Is The Astonishing Account Of One Woman S Remarkable Courage In The Face Of Terror And Her Quest For Freedom An absorbing read that I finished in 24 hours.The real life memoirs of Marina Nemat, whose troubles with the despotic and murderous Islamist regime in Iran begins when she walks out of calculus class in protest at the replacement of the subject of calculus with Islamic and political propaganda, and is joined by 3o other girls.aSoon afterwards she is arrested by Islamic Republican guards and taken to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran where she is beaten, tortured and sentenced to death.A real window into the horrors of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the diabolical Ayatollah Khomeini At Even she sees many of her friends tortured to death or executed.Her life is spared by a prison guard who has fallen in love with her and intercedes to commute her death sentence, but at a a price, she must convert to Islam and marry him.He too is eventually assassinated by the Islamic Regime.The book alternates chapter by chapter between the horrors of Evin prison and Marina s childhood in Tehran, and how Iran is turned into a hellish tyranny by the Islamic Revolution of 1979.A must read both as a book on life and on a regime whose horrors especially against girls and women who s horrors have been completely ignored by the world and who get a free pass from leftwing human rights activists because of its anti Western credentials.Comment Comment Permalink sorry Marina but i Couldn t find lower rate to give it to your book.your book is all about your private life with your investigator at Evin prison ,i ve been in Evin when i was just 2 years old up to 4 with my motherand i can t believe your whole story because tens of thousand prisoners die in evin prison and you are the one that proudly worked and felt in love with your investigator Best I read this book some years ago 2006 The author was student at the same school I was The way she wrote her story I found it unreal It s just a part of it real I lost some of my friends Some of them were executed, and some of them were imprisoned for some years I m familiar with that atmosphere However, the way she narrates it seems that she changes it for North American audience, and it becomes like a Hollywoodian movie with a happy ending At the end of the day, she came to Canada and she got married and everything goes fine It is not the truth, but a part of it. This book was amazing, I highly recommend it to everyone It is about an Iranian girl that was taken political prisoner at the age of 16 in Iran during the early 1980 s Her crime Asking her calculus teacher to teach calculus rather than talking about political issues The teacher refused and told Marina to leave class if she didn t like it, she left and so did the rest of the class Even though the subject matter is heavy, the book is written in a very readable way I read this book yesterday, couldn t put it down Make sure you have some tissues handy The writer tells her story in clear, intelligent prose It is not sentimental but moves to tears One can picture her life, Iran as a nation and feel the chaos that true change brings It is worth reading if only to better understand Iran and its people. A 16 year old girl, swept off the streets and put in prison for the most token resistance against a totalitarian regime saved from execution at the eleventh hour by her jailor, who had fallen in love with her forced to marry him, to save herself, and to live as his trophy wife escaping from the claustrophobic marriage when her husband is killed by hired goons of the regime finally managing to escape to Canada, the free and democratic West, with her loverIt could be the script of a Bollywood movie.Which is why this book came down to two stars for me.I have no doubt Marina is factual in the account of her travails I have no illusions about the Islamic Republic of Iran, or the Evin prison I am sure that if the regime of the Shah was totalitarian, the theocratic one that replaced it is even so No, it was the tone of the writing the self righteousness It is as though the author, being a Russian immigrant, is never somehow fully Iranian and is viewing Iranians through a foreign lens Also, many a time I found her peddling her Christian forbearance in the face of authoritarian Islam to be fair, I am sure that this is not done purposefully Marina s strong religious belief seems to have indeed helped her get through a terrible period this also put me off The book seemed to be written for a Western audience eager to believe the worst about Iran Like I said, it is like a movie script, the heroes and villains clearly defined good winning against evil in the end, and everybody living happily ever after.I am happy for Marina that her personal story ended happily I mourn for the hundreds of others who are prisoners of totalitarian regimes, whose stories have no such happy ending and are therefore unheard of But the book itself, I found unimpressive Maybe a nuanced writing would have helped. This is the most moving, powerful and astonishing book I ve read since The End of the Spear In a matter of fact tone that makes her vivid descriptions all the compelling, Marina Nemat describes how she became a political prisoner in the early days of Iran s Islamic Revolutionary government for the crime of asking her calculus teacher to teach calculus instead of government propaganda She was spared execution for this horrendous crime but not imprisonment only through the intercession of a powerful interrogator who had a crush on her, and later force her to marry him.As I read these chapters, I marveled that anyone could endure such unspeakable cruelties and remain sane Then I was stopped short by the realization She was just 16 when this ordeal began.If you re getting scared away because all this sounds terribly depressing, trust me, it s not taken as a whole It s inspiring.The chapters in which she flashes back to her earlier childhood in Iran are as captivating as the prison chapters, and in some ways almost as heartbreaking.It s no wonder that it took two decades before the author was able to talk about and write about these experiences That she survived to do it, that she was courageous enough to do it, and that she writes it with such remarkable clarity is a work of grace for the rest of us Prisoner of Tehran is the book of the year for me.
Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada by Penguin
- 288 pages
- Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir
- Marina Nemat
- 03 June 2017 Marina Nemat