My Life as a Traitor

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My Life as a Traitor
My Life as a Traitor (2007 cover).jpeg
Author Zarah Ghahramani, Robert Hillman
Language English
Genre Biography/Memoir
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
December 2007
Pages 256
ISBN 1-921215-50-X
OCLC 174097684

My Life as a Traitor is a 2007 biography and memoir, written by Zarah Ghahramani and Robert Hillman.[1] The book documents the life of Ghahramani, including her early childhood. In 2001, Ghahramani was arrested for citing crimes against the Islamic Republic of Iran and sent to serve a sentence in Evin Prison;[1] this is one of the main focuses throughout the book, as well as the prison conditions and analysing the modern-world Middle East.[2] The book was first published on December 26, 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.[2][3] The book won the award for Australian Small Publisher of the Year for 2006.[4]

The University of Tehran, where Ghahramani took part in protests

Plot[edit]

The biography focuses on analysing the life of the author, Zarah Ghahramani and her imprisonment in the infamous Evin Prison. After taking part in student demonstrations at Tehran University,[5] Ghahramani was taken, by police, from the streets of Tehran and put into this prison, where she was tortured and beaten.[3] When in Prison, she was subject to not only beatings, but psychological torture, only retaining her sanity via scratching messages to fellow prisoners.[1] She is kept in the prison for almost one month, and is released after being driven to a distant desert outside of Tehran, where, at the time, she was unsure of her fate and whether or not she would be executed or released.[1]

Reception[edit]

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly commented that "she [Ghahramani] recounts her beatings with dignified anger in this vivid, sometimes horrifying memoir, My Life as a Traitor mixing scenes from prison with sensual memories of her life before what her father called the regime of the primitives."[6] Firoozeh Dumas comments that the book is "a compelling story...a must read for anyone interested in understanding the complex nation that is Iran."[7] The Sunday Telegraph wrote that the book is "Beautifully written, it's horrifying, enlightening and, ultimately, uplifting."[8] The book was shortlisted for the 2008 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "My Life as a Traitor". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Ghahramani, Zarah; Hillman, Robert. My Life as a Traitor. Google Book Search. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "My Life as a Traitor". Powell's Books. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Extract from My Life as a Traitor" (PDF). Scribe Publications. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Book Review: My Life as a Traitor". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 20 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "My Life as a Traitor". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Editorial Reviews". Amazon.com. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "My Life as a Traitor. Zarah Ghahramani & Robert Hillman". Scribe Publications. Retrieved 20 January 2008.