My Life as a Traitor

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

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It was part youthful zeal and part teen crush that led Zarah Ghahramani to join a student protest movement. But dabbling in student politics was to lead to disaster when one day she was bundled into a car and taken to Tehran's most notorious prison: Evin. Far from her comfortable middle-class home, Zarah had to find refuge from her ruthless interrogators in a windowless concrete cell. Day after day she was humiliated and viciously beaten until all she wanted was simply to die, her spirit broken. 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 172g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747593388
  • 9780747593386
  • 575,645

About Zarah Ghahramani

Zarah Ghahramani was born in Tehran in 1981. She is now permanently resident in Australia. This is her first book. Her co-writer, Robert Hillman, was born in 1948 and grew up in rural Victoria. He has written several novels as well as poetry and short fiction. His 2004 memoir, The Boy in the Green Suit, won Australia's National Biography Award. My Life As a Traitor has also been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
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'Harrowing ... Ghahramani writes in a spare, eloquent prose style that reflects both her child's view of the world before arriving at Evin and the pared-down perceptions of her prison experience' New York Times 'My Life as a Traitor is a riveting story. It is a celebration of human courage under duress and a savage indictment of the oppressive regime of Iran. It shocks, angers, saddens, and inspires' Khaled Hosseini 'In Ghahramani's graceful, chilling memoir, her naivete gives way to fearless insights about her country and herself. Questioning the status quo made her a traitor to a fundamentalist regime, but in this searingly honest, brave book, she's nothing short of heroic' People 'Brilliant - heart-breaking and life-affirming' Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
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