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Prisoner of Tehran is a autobiographical novel written by Marina Nemat, who was arrested by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in 1982 when she was only sixteen and sentenced to spend the rest of her life in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

One of her interrogators falls in love with her and offers her a way out of the prison: by marrying him. However, after a year of marriage, her husband/interrogator is assassinated and his family helps her get out of prison. She finds the man she truly loves, marries him, and moves to Canada.

This was one of the most tragic and powerful stories I have ever read. Nemat writes of how the prison conditions are deplorable, how she is forced into a marriage because her future husband threatens her family and friends, how she is constantly raped by her husband, how the country she deeply loves is turning into a very dangerous place. She witnesses some of her friends get executed or some of them going mad inside the prison.

I can’t imagine any of the struggles she went through and how strong she must have been to survive it all or having absolutely no control over your life – that you must submit to forces greater than you.

I really liked this book a lot, though I don’t think I would recommend this to anyone because it was emotionally draining.  After reading it, I felt so burned out because of the empathy I felt for this woman and what she went through. However, if you can handle these type of life story, definitely read it.

Rating:

{  } Pretty bad
{  } Tolerable
{x} All right
{  } Exciting
{  } Enthralling

Book 25 out of 60

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