“Prisoners in Iran”
January 20, 2011
Marina will speak about her two year experience as a political prisoner in Iran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She will tie her story back and give perspective to the current situation in Iran. Marina is an internationally acclaimed author and her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, has been published in 28 countries. Maclean’s magazine has called it “one of the ﬁnest memoirs ever written by a Canadian".
Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada by Penguin Canada in April 2007, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international bestseller. MacLean’s Magazine has called it “one of the finest memoirs ever written by a Canadian.” Prisoner of Tehran has been short listed for many literary awards, including the Young Minds Award in the UK and the Borders Original Voices Award in the US. On December 15, 2007, Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament, and in October 2008, she received the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. In 2008/2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, which was published by Penguin Canada on September 14, 2010.