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Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman's Story of Survival Inside a Torture Jail Paperback – 15 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071956252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719562525
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A shockingly vivid picture of prison life' (Daily Mail)

'A dramatic account that takes us to the heart of a brutal . . . dictatorship' (Morning Star)

'Her story is unforgettable' (Janine de Giovanni, Vogue)

'Mesmerizing stuff' (Glamour)

'A gripping personal history' (New York Times)

'A moving and eloquent account of her life' (Sainsbury's Magazine, June issue)

'Nemat (tells) an extraordinary story of life in revolutionary Iran, of imprisonment, forced marriage and conversion to Islam' (Sue Baker, Publishing News)

Like a harrowing Thousand and One Arabian Nights, Prisoner of Tehran is the story of Marina Nemat - her unvarnished courage, her intrepid wisdom, her fight to save her integrity and her family in a world in which to be female is to be chattel. Written with the deft hands of a novelist, it is the portrait of a world only too real, where women's lives are cheap - but not this one (Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN and CAGE OF STARS)

'Prisoner of Tehran is a harrowing journey, an account of growth under the darkest of circumstances and a trial of faith in the face of overwhelming horror. It is skillfully constructed, with a keen sense of suspense' (Robert J. Wiersema, author of BEFORE I AWAKE)

'Prisoner of Tehran is an extraordinary story of survival and how one woman finally found inner peace through the written word' (Entertainment Weekly)

'This powerful memoir examines Nemat's struggle to forgive those who beat her and sentenced her to death at 16 for speaking out against her government' (Newsweek)

'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 (Canada))

'Prisoner of Tehran is on of the finest (memoirs) ever written by a Canadian' (Macleans Magazine, (Canada))

'Nemat tells of her harrowing experience as a young Iranian girl at the start of the Islamic revolution. In January 1982, the 16-year-old student activist was arrested, jailed in Tehran's infamous Evin prison, tortured and sentenced to death. Ali, one of her interrogators, intervened moments before her execution, having used family connections with Ayatollah Khomeini himself to reduce her sentence to life in prison. The price: she would convert to Islam (she was Christian) and marry him, or he would see to it that her family and boyfriend, Andre, were jailed or even killed. She remained a political prisoner for two years. Nemat's engaging memoir is rich with complex characters - loved ones lost on both sides of this bloody conflict. Ali, the man who rapes and subjugates her, also saves her life several times - he is assassinated by his own subordinates. His family embraces Nemat with more affection and acceptance than her own, even fighting for her release after his death. Nemat ret (Publishers' Weekly, US)

'[An] unforgettable memoir. Haunted by her lost friends and by her betrayal of them, Nemat tells her story without messages and with no sense of heroism' (Booklist, starred review)

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An international bestseller, Prisoner of Tehran is the astonishing, true account of one womans remarkable courage in the face of terror.

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Format: Paperback
This book is amazing! The author is the same age as me so I was able to parallell our lives throughout the story. I really didn't realise that things outlined in this true story were still going on today. I am amazed by Marinas strength, courage and faith which have kept her alive and sane. An incredably sad and hard life. I am going to purchase a hard back copy of this book and keep it in my collection of favourites. (Lack of space means I dont do this often). If you don't read anything else this year, you must read this.
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I bought this for my wife, it isn't something I would normally read but I did enjoy it.
It is quite an harrowing and emotional tale of a young girl arrested on trumped up charges in the early days after the Shah was deposed.
The interesting part is how different religions do get along, despite the official stance on these affairs.
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i was so engrossed with this book i read it in two days. its gives the reader a glimpes into life in Iran before the 70's. when life was peacfull and Tehran was a beautiful place to live. Marinas life as a teenager, love, and being torn apart from everything she new when she was imprisioned in Evin, woke me up to the horrors that happened. shes gives just enough detail with out being over dramatised and full of goar, but i did have tears once or twice as it realy dose awaken you from what you think went on, to what realy went on. amazing book, gave me a better understanding of why people leave their home countrys, family and loved ones to live some where like here in the UK, where they can be resented as just being here for the social benifits ect. after reading this book you will see things diffrent as well.
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Format: Kindle Edition
all i can say is that i am pleased i live in a land of freedom and choice . would i survive under the same circumstances ? i wonder ..............
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A very insightful read at issues surrounding, religion, politics and gender in Terhan during the 1980s and beyond. This is what I like most about this book as I had very little knowledge around these subjects in relation to Iran. Marina also provides a good amount of historical information regarding some of Iran's wars and revolutions and their effect on the people of Iran without dragging it out and making it boring.

I found the book hard to put down. Although it is upsetting it also shows hope and kindness. Marina give a good account of her life in Evin prison and the prisoners she met there and includes their treatment by the guards and the interregations they faced.

Marina gives a good account of the difficult decision she made in order to get out of Evin prison which was marrying one of the guards. This involved Marina coverting to islam after being blackmailed by the guard. It is a book full of diffult decisions and choices made in order to survive living in Iran at that time.
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Marina is brave and couragous. To think what she went through all those years in that horrible prison. Her journey is incredible. A truly remarkable woman. Recommend to anyone who likes a good cry.
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Format: Hardcover
If Marina's story was fiction, one would say it's too far fetched to be true. Prisoner of Tehran: The End of Childhood in Iran is beautifully written and gives wonderful insight into how life in Iran after the Islamic revolution changed for her and her friends' families. She is a remarkable individual.
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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.a
Soon 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.
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