Sunday, July 8, 2007

Prisoner of Tehran: a memoir by Marina Nemat

This is the autobiography of an Iranian girl who was sentenced to death for telling her Calculus teacher to teach Calculus instead of politics. For two years when she was a prisoner in the notorious Evin prison. She was incredibly lucky (maybe). An important interrogator fell in love with her and offered to marry her. She agreed since it was her only choice, was repeatedly raped by her new husband, but eventually grew to care for him. But then he's assassinated and she's back to prison. If not for her husband's family, she never would have been released. Eventually she marries the man she loved before entering prison and emigrates to Canada to tell her story.

This is definitely a memoir for my high school library because we need more tales from the Mideast. Nemat is a strong female, but she had to deal with an oppressive government. She does a great job explaining the various revolutions that took place in Iran in the 20th century. I'm not sure if this is the type of book I could recommend to just anyone, but it's a memorable read.

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