Marina Nemat’s bestselling Prisoner of Tehran chronicled her arrest, torture, and two-year imprisonment in the notorious Evin prison as a teenager in 1980s revolutionary Iran. In her new book, Nemat provides a riveting account of her escape from Iran and her journey to Canada, via Hungary, with her husband and infant son in 1991.
Settling into a new life as immigrants, she and her husband find jobs, raise their two children, and seemingly adapt. But inwardly, Nemat is struggling. Haunted by survivor’s guilt, she feels compelled to speak out about what happened to her in prison. Her account becomes a bestselling book; and again her life is changed. A story of courage and recovery, After Tehran chronicles Nemat’s confrontation with her past, how she re-engages with her distant father, and how ultimately she emerges from the emotional ravages of posttraumatic stress.
"After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed is a sequel to Prisoner. It recounts Nemat's struggle to break the silence surrounding her captivity. It depicts the portrait of an artist, the evolution of an activist and the formation of a Canadian whose experiences illuminate our highest national ideals. After Tehran reminds us that we live in a world marked by revolution."
—Globe and Mail
"Prisoner of Tehran, Nemat's brilliant 2007 memoir, was at once an exquisite work of art about the burden of memory and an astonishing story. After Tehran is Nemat's after-story...she turned to writing, as she had before, to stitch her life together, in an account as graceful, honest and revelatory as her original."
Arrested at age sixteen in Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran, Marina Nemat was imprisoned in Teheran’s notorious Evin prison for two years. She emigrated to Canada in 1991 and lives with her husband and two sons near Toronto.