Prisoner of Tehran

by Marina Nemat

Penguin Group (Canada) | April 4, 2008 | Kobo Edition (eBook) |

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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: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 4, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Group (Canada)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143179209

ISBN - 13: 9780143179207

Found in: Biography and Memoir
Stories which quietly reveal incredible, almost unfathomable courage always draw me in. Prisoner of Tehran is one such story. It is the personal journey of Marina Nemat, an Iranian woman whose life experiences could hardly be imagined. When the story opens, Marina is sixteen. The Iranian Revolution has just occurred ushering in, among other things, Khomeini’s view of how girls and women are to behave. In a very short time, free-spirited women her age and older must learn a very new way of life. They can no longer talk freely with men; they must cover their heads; there are places they cannot go without a male family member’s permission and accompaniment. And life choices are severely curtailed. A few weeks into the new regime, there is a harsh knock on the door of the home where Marina lives with her family. In moments she is dragged from her bed and arrested on a trumped up charge of disobedience. She is taken to the infamous Evin prison and beaten savagely in an attempt to force a false confession. A few nights later, she is taken from her cell and, along with a half dozen other prisoners, driven to an open field. Minutes before what is clearly to be a group execution, an official arrives with a stay only for Marina and she is taken back to her cell. The story which follows traces Marina’s life for the next several years – how she manages to survive in prison by helping other young women, how she is “wooed” by one of the men who originally tortured her and then is forced to comply with his proposal of marriage, and how she eventually ends up escaping the marriage and fleeing the country. There are so many harrowing twists and turns in this story but it is through these that we see the emergence of a woman of extraordinary inner strength – a woman who refuses to be overtaken by her brutal circumstances. More than seventeen years or so elapse between Nemat’s time in prison and her decision to share her secrets and tell her story. And this she finally does from the safety of her home in Toronto, Canada. You will start this book and finish it in one reading. It is impossible to put down.

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Prisoner of Tehran

Prisoner of Tehran

by Marina Nemat

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 4, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Group (Canada)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143179209

ISBN - 13: 9780143179207

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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.

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