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Prisoner Of Tehran: A Memoir

by Marina Nemat

Penguin Group Canada | April 4, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Prisoner Of Tehran: A Memoir is rated 4.3158 out of 5 by 19.

In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran''s notorious Evin prison. At a time when most Western teenaged girls are choosing their prom dresses, Nemat was having her feet beaten by men with cables and listening to gunshots as her friends were being executed. She survived only because one of the guards fell in love with her and threatened to harm her family if she refused to marry him. Soon after her forced conversion to Islam and marriage, her husband was assassinated by rival factions. Nemat was returned to prison but, ironically, it was her captor''s family who eventually secured her release. An extraordinary tale of faith and survival, Prisoner of Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 0.8 in

Published: April 4, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143052179

ISBN - 13: 9780143052173

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from More than just a good book Marina Nemat’s memoir Prisoner of Tehran is a well-written novel, containing all the proper elements of a good memoir. Fortunately for readers of this book, it turns out to be much more than just a good memoir. It bleeds the horrible past of a young girl trapped in a world of pain and torture. One main reason that Nemat’s novel is such a success is because of the disturbingly personal touch the book has. The book focuses on the time that Marina Nemat spent growing up in the country of Iran and her struggle to survive imprisonment. This book is a peak into the author’s head; it thoroughly describes her thinking process during each life-changing event, which is both intriguing and touching. We discover a lot about the author through these circumstances as does she discover herself. Her courage is an example of what she discovers in the book. Her husband began to explain that this fearlessness was the reason he fell in love with her. He saw her sitting in the prison hallway with the other girls but unlike them she was not crying, she was sitting up straight ready to face her obstacles. This characteristic was not apparent to Nemat until after her time in prison. Whether Marina should endure the hardships ahead or end her life is a reoccurring theme in this memoir. Her situation throughout the book is never certain and Nemat knows that while her fate lies within the government, nothing is guaranteed. The lack of information from the outside world turns her to the only resource of information available, herself. The subject matter of the book is very emotional and you’re often found putting yourself in the position of Nemat and critically thinking about how you would react in her situation due to the heavy life choices she faces. Nemat constantly directs questions towards the reader that helps us develop an attachment to the character. This is a technique that brings her self-inquiry experiences to a new level. The main conflict in the book is if Marina will escape from prison or if it will trap her forever. The conflict in this memoir is one of great complexity. It creates a very tense environment that makes you want to know what happens next. There are many times in the book where we question whether she can survive this or not. A few examples from the book where we were kept on edge is when she is taken to a field where they execute the prisoners or when she has to make a sudden decision on whether she will marry a murder or lead her family to the same fate she suffers. The complications of government control add details to the conflict that make it truly brilliant. Once Marina discovers that the men in charge of the prison now, use to be its prisoners when the former government was in control, Marina is faced with new challenges and doesn’t really know whom she must defeat. In a whole, this book is an empowering story of the struggles of Marina Nemat, developed very well in structure. Her use of self-discovery and inquiry provide the foundation to this memoir but without its gripping conflict, would not have affected me as much as it did.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More than just a good book Marina Nemat’s memoir Prisoner of Tehran is a well-written novel, containing all the proper elements of a good memoir. Fortunately for readers of this book, it turns out to be much more than just a good memoir. It bleeds the horrible past of a young girl trapped in a world of pain and torture. One main reason that Nemat’s novel is such a success is because of the disturbingly personal touch the book has. The book focuses on the time that Marina Nemat spent growing up in the country of Iran and her struggle to survive imprisonment. This book is a peak into the author’s head; it thoroughly describes her thinking process during each life-changing event, which is both intriguing and touching. We discover a lot about the author through these circumstances as does she discover herself. Her courage is an example of what she discovers in the book. Her husband began to explain that this fearlessness was the reason he fell in love with her. He saw her sitting in the prison hallway with the other girls but unlike them she was not crying, she was sitting up straight ready to face her obstacles. This characteristic was not apparent to Nemat until after her time in prison. Whether Marina should endure the hardships ahead or end her life is a reoccurring theme in this memoir. Her situation throughout the book is never certain and Nemat knows that while her fate lies within the government, nothing is guaranteed. The lack of information from the outside world turns her to the only resource of information available, herself. The subject matter of the book is very emotional and you’re often found putting yourself in the position of Nemat and critically thinking about how you would react in her situation due to the heavy life choices she faces. Nemat constantly directs questions towards the reader that helps us develop an attachment to the character. This is a technique that brings her self-inquiry experiences to a new level. The main conflict in the book is if Marina will escape from prison or if it will trap her forever. The conflict in this memoir is one of great complexity. It creates a very tense environment that makes you want to know what happens next. There are many times in the book where we question whether she can survive this or not. A few examples from the book where we were kept on edge is when she is taken to a field where they execute the prisoners or when she has to make a sudden decision on whether she will marry a murder or lead her family to the same fate she suffers. The complications of government control add details to the conflict that make it truly brilliant. Once Marina discovers that the men in charge of the prison now, use to be its prisoners when the former government was in control, Marina is faced with new challenges and doesn’t really know whom she must defeat. In a whole, this book is an empowering story of the struggles of Marina Nemat, developed very well in structure. Her use of self-discovery and inquiry provide the foundation to this memoir but without its gripping conflict, would not have affected me as much as it did.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A look at history I read this book for a book club meeting I plan to attend. I had heard, a long time ago, that reading biographies is a good way to learn about history. Just to clarify that statement, I beleive they should be biographies about people that had a part in history. I don't normally read biographies about actors or athletes. I like to read biographies about people who made history or were a part of it. That is why I liked this book. It is a real person. She lived through an expereince that I would wish on no one. It was part of history that we had not heard that too much of. There were few people who could. The authour had two purposes in this novel. One is tell her story. We all have a story to tell. Some people have a better strory to tell, some can tell a story better. This author can do both. This is a story that needs to be told and we have a storyteller that can tell a story. So many people who try to tell their story, can't tell it properly. It is such a boon to the reader when both are achieved. The other purpose is that the author had to tell this story. I don't know why talking about our bad experiences makes us feel better. The author needed to tell us her story for her own piece of mind. And for the hundreds of women that could not. The story had what I expected, torture and executions. There were a few twists that I did not expect. But there had to be for the author to survive a prison for political prisoners in Iran after the revolution. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history, especially 20th century. I liked the book.
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Eye Opener! I found this book to be well written. I also found it to be heartbreaking and at many different points throughout the book, found myself hugging the book as if I were hugging Marina. I had to fight back the tears to be able to read any further. My heart goes out to you and your loved ones also to the people in Evin . I congratulate you on your courage to move on with life as difficult as it has been. God saved you so you could tell your story and be able to have some happiness come you way.
Date published: 2013-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read I read this book when it first came out a few years back and instantly loved it. I read it within a couple of hours- that's how drawn I was to it. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story of hope and forgiveness Nemat's memoirs is a great and easy read. The most fascinating aspect was author's great devotion to portrait true sides of each character and go beyond the limits of black and white side in judging her opponents. She doesn't tell her story with hatred but a heart filled with forgiveness and healing! Despite of the brutal tortures and pressures, she has made peace with her self and moved on with a great hope for the future.
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Hero This is one of the most riveting memoirs i have ever read. Marina Nemat doesn't just simply describe the terror of undergoing torture and imprisonment; she tells the story of her life and every heartbreak and tragedy that went with it. a story of amazing strength and perseverence. I've read reviews that call Nemat a "liar" or "traitor", and it disgusts me to read those things. I don't understand how anyone can doubt that this woman is a hero.
Date published: 2011-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I loved this book very much. An incredible insight to a journey none of us would want to make...a wonderful read
Date published: 2011-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prisoner of Tehran A book I could not put down. Marina has seen more in her life than most of us would ever see. Very well written, moving, sad a happy ending to a gruesome life she lived. My heart goes out to you Marina and glad that you are in a happier place.
Date published: 2011-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone wanting to read a good biography.
Date published: 2011-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting & Captivating Interesting story from beginning to end. I really wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen to the characters in the book. I loved Marina's strength and optimism. The book was engaging and the development of the story was fantastic.
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Proof that fact rivals fiction... Proof that fact rivals fiction. This woman's story really puts a face on human rights abuses. The actual writing is just okay and sometimes it can drag, but the story itself is enough to keep you hooked for every page.
Date published: 2010-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Difficult but Inspirational Life Story I picked up this book a few times at the store, then put it down again because I thought it would be too heavy and depressing. But, although Nemat's life is difficult and full of hardship, the memoir was interesting to read. Hearing her overcome the difficulties that she did was an inspiration. It seems that Nemat has a "guardian angel" helping her though her trials. I noticed that there is some controversy on the veracity of her accounts on Wikipedia. Based on my quick research, I could not find anything substantial. On CBC's the "The Hour" blog, her detractors said that they could prove that her account was not true, and she dared them to do just that. Then they did not respond. That tells me their claims are false. I guess to a certain extent, I wanted to believe that the story was false since it was so sad. Overall, it is a difficult but inspirational story. It was also fun to imagine that Nemat lives in the GTA now, and reminds me of some of the amazing stories of newcomers to this country.
Date published: 2009-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not to be missed!!! This is one of the most riveting and powerful books I have ever read. I could not put it down. Marina Nemat is an incredibly brave woman, not only for surviving the Iranian revolution and the atrocities she witnessed and endured both in prison and out, but for having the courage to live through it once again by writing this memoir. An extraordinary story not to be missed!
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down! I have recently read this book, and quite enjoyed it. Although it had many horrific, disturbing, and unbelievable situations i couldn't stop reading it until it was done. This memoir makes what you believe are just stories, a reality. They make you realize what some people are living with everyday. This eye openning book i found very good, and would recommend it to anybody. The truth in it is enough to give anyone shivers.
Date published: 2009-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad It is kind of hard to rate a book when it comes to someone's memoirs, overall I'd say the book was not bad and pretty sad at times. There is no doubt that Marina had a very tough life practically growing up in a political prison. She seems like a tough woman to have overcome so much.
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read Another book from my book group... i enjoyed this book. Some parts were a little unbelievable... the latter part of the book was a little stale...but overall a good read.
Date published: 2009-05-06
Rated out of 5 by from Truly real I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up. Thankfully, I have no regrets. The book reveals the undeniable and surreal challenges faced by an adolescent girl in an ever-changing Iran during the overturn of the Shah in the 1980s. Not wanting to be a "spoiler" that's as much as I'll say. Rarely have I ever had the desire to MEET the author....but this is the feeling with which I was left.
Date published: 2009-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good A very good memoir of the horrific times a young lady went through. However, Mayada is a better memoir of a similar subject (Iraq).
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This book was disturbing at times, but still I couldn't put it down. The hardships that Marina had to go through were so tough and especially when you consider her young and tender age. She showed such a strength that I just couldn't imagine. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-07-23

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Prisoner Of Tehran: A Memoir

by Marina Nemat

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 0.8 in

Published: April 4, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143052179

ISBN - 13: 9780143052173

From the Publisher

In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran''s notorious Evin prison. At a time when most Western teenaged girls are choosing their prom dresses, Nemat was having her feet beaten by men with cables and listening to gunshots as her friends were being executed. She survived only because one of the guards fell in love with her and threatened to harm her family if she refused to marry him. Soon after her forced conversion to Islam and marriage, her husband was assassinated by rival factions. Nemat was returned to prison but, ironically, it was her captor''s family who eventually secured her release. An extraordinary tale of faith and survival, Prisoner of Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice.

About the Author

Arrested at age sixteen in Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran, Marina Nemat was imprisoned in Teheran's notorious Evin prison for two years. She emigrated to Canada in 1991 and lives with her husband and two sons near Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

"The story of Nemat’s unlikely survival is breathtakingly real. ...It is an act of bravery, this book, as well as compassion. Her words, well wrought and heartfelt, expose her shocking dilemma and the terrible system that tried to defile her."
——The Globe and Mail

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