My Life as A Traitor

My Life as A Traitor

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Baker & Taylor
A young Iranian woman describes growing up in a family that prized tolerance and freedom of thought, her arrest as a student for not keeping her head covered, the psychological and physical torture she endured in prison, and her eventual release and escape to Australia.

McMillan Palgrave
At the age of twenty, an Iranian student named Zarah Ghahramani was swept off the streets of Tehran and taken to the notorious Evin prison, where criminals and political dissidents were held side by side in conditions of legendary brutality. Her crime, she asserts, was in wanting to slide back her headscarf to feel the sun on a few inches of her hair.
 
That modest desire led her to a political activism fueled by the fearless idealism of the young. Her parents begged her to be prudent, but even they could not have imagined the horrors she faced in prison. She underwent psychological and physical torture, hanging on to sanity by scratching messages to fellow prisoners on the latrine door. She fought despair by recalling her idyllic childhood in a sprawling and affectionate family that prized tolerance and freedom of thought. After a show trial, Ghahramani was driven deep into the desert outside Tehran, uncertain if she was to be executed or freed. There she was abandoned to begin the long walk back to reclaim herself. In prose of astonishing dignity and force, Ghahramani recounts the ways in which power seduces and deforms.
 
A richly textured memoir that celebrates a triumph of the individual over the state, My Life as a Traitor is an affecting addition to the literature of struggle and dissent.


Blackwell North Amer
At the age of twenty, an Iranian student named Zarah Ghahramani was swept off a Tehran street and taken to the notorious Evin Prison, where criminals and political dissidents were held in conditions of legendary brutality - many never to reemerge. A desire for freedom as modest as sliding back her headscarf to feel the sun on her hair had compelled her to join a group of university students covertly organizing peaceful campus protests. Fueled by the fearless idealism of youth, and underestimating the severity of the fundamentalist regime running her country, Ghahramani found herself in serious trouble.
In prison, Ghahramani was subjected to psychological and physical torture, forced to endure grueling interrogations and humiliations of escalating sadism. She held on to her sanity by scratching messages to fellow prisoners on the latrine door and escaping into memories of her childhood in a sprawling and affectionate family. Her tolerant, sheltered upbringing had not prepared her for the trials she would face in Evin. Alone in her tiny cell, Ghahramani befriended an unseen neighbor, a man half mad after a decade of imprisonment who told her stories through a shared vent, offering comfort and counsel that helped her survive.
Affecting and wise, My Life as a Traitor charts Ghahramani's journey from the darkness of her first interrogation to the discovery of a strength she did not know she possessed. Her transformation from a naive Persian girl into a courageous and determined young activist is an inspiring testament to the power of resistance within us all.

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Ghahramani, 20, an Iranian student, was swept off the streets of Tehran and taken to the notorious Evin prison, where criminals and political dissidents were held side by side in conditions of legendary brutality. Her crime, she asserts, was sliding backher headscarf to feel the sun on her hair. This led to a political activism fueled by the fearless idealism of the young. Her parents begged her to be prudent, but even they could not have imagined the horrors she faced in prison. She underwent psychological and physical torture, fighting despair by recalling her idyllic childhood in an affectionate family that prized tolerance and freedom of thought. After a show trial, Ghahramani was driven deep into the desert outside Tehran, uncertain if she was to be executed or freed. There she was abandoned to begin the long walk back.--From publisher description.
A young Iranian woman describes growing up in a family that prized tolerance and freedom of thought, her arrest as a student for not keeping her head covered, the horrors and psychological and physical torture she endured in prison, her eventual release and escape to Australia, the experiences that led her to devote herself to political activism, and Iran's disdain for basic human rights.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374217303
0374217300
Characteristics: 242 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hillman, Robert 1948-

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