Marina Nemat Prisoner of Tehran


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What would you give up to protect your loved ones? Your life?

In her heartbreaking, triumphant, and elegantly written memoir, Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat tells the heart-pounding story of her life as a young girl in Iran during the early days of Ayatollah Khomeini's brutal Islamic Revolution.

In January 1982, Marina Nemat, then just sixteen years old, was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death for political crimes. Until then, her life in Tehran had centered around school, summer parties at the lake, and her crush on Andre, the young man she had met at church. But when math and history were subordinated to the study of the Koran and political propaganda, Marina protested. Her teacher replied, "If you don't like it, leave." She did, and, to her surprise, other students followed.

Soon she was arrested with hundreds of other youths who had dared to speak out, and they were taken to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Two guards interrogated her. One beat her into unconsciousness; the other, Ali, fell in love with her.

Sentenced to death for refusing to give up the names of her friends, she was minutes from being executed when Ali, using his family connections to Ayatollah Khomeini, plucked her from the firing squad and had her sentence reduced to life in prison. But he exacted a shocking price for saving her life -- with a dizzying combination of terror and tenderness, he asked her to marry him and abandon her Christian faith for Islam. If she didn't, he would see to it that her family was harmed. She spent the next two years as a prisoner of the state, and of the man who held her life, and her family's lives, in his hands.

Lyrical, passionate, and suffused throughout with grace and sensitivity, Marina Nemat's memoir is like no other. Her search for emotional redemption envelops her jailers, her husband and his family, and the country of her birth -- each of whom she grants the greatest gift of all: forgiveness.

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    Prisoner of Tehran


    09. September 2014 um 15:49

    Marina Nemat is a child who loves to read. Because they learn English at school she even dares to read Western books which are available in a second hand bookstore. Albert, the man who runs the store, is so impressed with her love for books that they become friends. But when the Islamic Revolution starts life gets more and more difficult in Iran. Especially for women who can end up in prison when they wear make up or refuse the new Islamic dress code. One day the Islamic guards come to Marina´s home and take her away. She receives a death penalty. But her prison guard Ali is in love with her and saves her life. She has to convert to Islam and become his wife. But Marina is able to leave Iran behind and start a new life in Canada. Her book tells about her memories and about her friends who were killed by the regime or didn´t manage to get out of jail. This is a heartbreaking and shocking book. She gives many examples about the hatefull education. Instead of learning calculation the kids have to stand up and shout "Death to America! Death to Israel!" Her father use to have a dance studio but dancing becomes illegal and he has to close it. Reading this book you learn a lot about every day-life in Iran during the Khomeini regime and about how the kids are taught to go to Jihad and to hate the West.

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