My Life as a Traitor: A Story of Courage and Survival in Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison

by Zarah Ghahramani, Robert Hillman | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 9780747591948 Global Overview for this book
Registered by chocdrop of Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on 5/9/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by chocdrop from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, May 09, 2010

"Born in 1981, Zarah Ghahramani grew up in a sheltered suburb of Tehran. The pampered daughter of liberal, middle-class parents, she was brought up to believe that education was no less a vital priority for girls than for boys, and was encouraged to read widely and ambitiously. She had the natural teenage enthusiasms of girls the world over. But, along with all the women of her generation, she had to dress in muted colours and cover her hair in order to observe the strict rules of the Khomeini regime.

It was part youthful zeal and part teen crush that led Zarah to join a student protest movement: like everyone, she was in awe of Arash, the firebrand student who led the protests and was known to be an irritant to the regime. But dabbling in student politics was to lead to disaster when one day she was bundled into a car andf taken to Tehran's most notorious prison: Evin.

Home was now a windowless concrete cell. But it was a refuge from her two interrogators: one vile and coarse, more animal than man, the other smoother, more apparently civil, but just as ruthless. Day after day she was humiliated and visciously beaten. Once, her beautiful long hair was shorn. Her spirit broken, all she now wanted was simply to die.

In My Life as a Traitor, Zarah tells the story of her horrifying ordeal and her eventual release, and describes the ways it changed the naive nineteen-year-old she once was into a woman of courage and determination. A powerful and beautifully written memoir, it is a fascinating insight into life under an oppressive regime."

Journal Entry 2 by chocdrop at on Saturday, March 12, 2011
Very interesting book. Disturbing in places but also gives an insight into Iran's history and culture which I found facinating.

Journal Entry 3 by chocdrop at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Sent to my recipient in the 2011 International Women's Day Book Exchange.

Journal Entry 4 by uppity at Chilliwack, British Columbia Canada on Friday, March 18, 2011
Received this book with a Margaret Atwood book from chocdrop in the International Women's Day Exchange. Loved bios especially on this topic. I'm looking forward to reading it,
Thank you chocdrop.

Journal Entry 5 by uppity at Chilliwack, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, May 14, 2011
this book tells the story of a 30 days imprisonment in Tehran's most notorious prison of a 19 year university student. She tried to keep her sanity and her dignity during vicious beatings and was able to do so partially because of contact with a prisoner above her,
It is very understandable that prisoners who are kept there die due to the beatings and the circumstances in the prison.

Journal Entry 6 by uppity at Vedder Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, August 03, 2011

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