After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed by Marina Nemat

By Marina Nemat

Marina Nemat’s bestselling Prisoner of Tehran chronicled her arrest, torture, and two-year imprisonment within the infamous Evin legal as in Eighties innovative Iran. In her new e-book, Nemat offers a riveting account of her get away from Iran and her trip to Canada, through Hungary, together with her husband and youngster son in 1991.

Settling right into a new existence as immigrants, she and her husband locate jobs, bring up their little ones, and doubtless adapt. yet inwardly, Nemat is suffering. Haunted via survivor’s guilt, she feels pressured to talk out approximately what occurred to her in legal. Her account turns into a bestselling publication; and back her existence is modified. a narrative of braveness and restoration, After Tehran chronicles Nemat’s disagreement together with her prior, how she re-engages together with her far-off father, and the way finally she emerges from the emotional ravages of posttraumatic pressure.

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With one finger he beckoned to the man who had brutalized me. “Take her chains off. ” It was unbearable to endure the touch of that man’s hands, brushing my skin as he put the key into the padlock hanging from my neck. He was smart enough not to make too much of it. Then he knelt down, not looking at me, and removed the chains that hobbled my feet. Relieved of the weight, I wondered what I should do. Should I leave without asking for anything more or thank the commander for this gesture of mercy?

I knew there was nothing I could do against them, but they were not sure of that. They were the ones who were afraid, more afraid than I was—I could feel it—however, they had hatred on their side, and group pressure. All it would take was one gesture to destroy the equilibrium in which I still had the upper hand. I heard the man with the chain speak to me. He said my name, over and over, with a familiarity that was meant to be insulting. I had decided that they would not hurt me. Whatever happened, they would not touch the essence of who I was.

We reached out and clung to each other so tightly it was painful. We had to go. I pulled away, smoothed my clothes, and lay down next to the hole. I put my head through the boards with encouraging ease, and then my shoulders. I twisted to get my body through, felt stuck, then wriggled nervously to get one of my arms out. Once my arm was clear, I pushed. With the strength of my free hand, digging my nails into the ground, I managed to get my entire upper body out. I edged forward, painfully contorting my hips so that the rest of my body would slide sideways through the opening.

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