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After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed

By Marina Nemat

Within the overseas bestseller Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat chronicled her arrest, torture, and two-year imprisonment in Iran’s infamous Evin felony on the age of 16. but her trip was once faraway from over.

After Tehran is a relocating account of Nemat’s fight to beat her earlier and holiday the silence approximately her detainment. Following her break out from Iran, she builds a brand new existence in Canada together with her husband and baby son. yet Nemat is haunted through survivor’s guilt. She feels more and more forced to talk out approximately what occurred to her in felony, no matter if it capability revealing the painful secrets and techniques she’d a lot really overlook. As her riveting tale ultimately turns into a bestselling ebook, Nemat’s lifestyles is endlessly replaced. She earnings the power to confront her prior, re-engage together with her far-off father, and emerge from the emotional ravages.

Her tale is certainly one of braveness and restoration, an awesome story of resilience written through a very inspiring woman.


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If a prisoner had no longer cooperated and had talked again to the interrogators, she or he may well simply obtain a demise sentence or decades in criminal. I had interrogators: Hamehd and Ali. Hamehd lashed me as Ali watched. Hamehd believed i used to be mendacity, yet Ali proposal i used to be telling the reality. Ali later instructed me that he had used his effect to lessen my dying sentence to lifestyles in felony. Then, 5 months later, he pressured me to marry him, threatening to arrest my mom and dad and Andre if I refused him. I hated him for it. i used to be so extraordinarily ashamed of our marriage that I stored it a mystery. so long as i used to be a prisoner dwelling on the earth of Evin, my relatives didn’t want to know that i used to be drowsing with my interrogator. After I married Ali, I spent a number of months in solitary confinement. One has loads of time to imagine in solitary. I questioned why Ali had kept my lifestyles and married me. was once he actually in love with me, as he claimed? on the time, the one books to be had to prisoners have been the Koran and books on Islam, so I learn them to move the time. within the Koran, i discovered this verse (Koran 4:3): “Marry such ladies [captive ladies taken in conflict] as look sturdy to you, and 3 and 4; but when you worry that you're going to now not do justice, then just one, or what your correct arms own [captive women]. ” A warfare waged among the Islamic executive of Iran and the “anti-revolutionaries,” and that i had turn into a prisoner of it. As I understood it, in accordance with the legislation of Islam, I had actually turn into Ali’s estate. I puzzled if he had married the other ladies. probably it was once universal perform within the legal. I requested Ali, and he acknowledged i used to be his simply spouse, yet may I belief his observe? Ali took me on brief leaves of absence to determine his mom and dad and sister. His mom advised me that he were a political prisoner in the course of the time of the shah. I observed the lash marks on his again. He have been a sufferer like me. I steadily discovered that the fellow I thought of evil used to be human finally. His mom and dad, regularly type and beneficiant to me, knew that he was once a torturer in Evin, yet they have been pleased with him and his task. From their standpoint, their son used to be maintaining their lifestyle, his state, and Islam. They have been unaware of the cruelty of what he was once doing simply because they have been in a position to justify it. His kin approved me basically simply because I had agreed to transform to Islam. of their trust, my conversion washed away all my sins. Fourteen months after our marriage, Ali resigned from his activity. He informed me that he had clashed with the prosecutor of Tehran, Assadollah-eh Ladjevardi, who used to be additionally warden of Evin felony. A month later, as we have been leaving his mom and dad’ apartment after dinner one evening, Ali used to be gunned down via a guy on a bike and died in my palms. together with his final breath, he requested his father to ensure that i used to be back adequately to my family members. The Mojahedin-eh Khalgh, a Marxist-Islamist crew that had murdered many executive officers, used to be blamed for the assassination. yet Ali’s father believed that it was once an within task and Ladjevardi had ordered it.

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