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An extraordinarily vivid look inside post-revolutionary Iran, Camelia is the memoir of Iranian journalist Camelia Entekhabi-Fard, who was sent to prison because of her bold coverage of current affairs for reformist newspapers.

Brandishing her unique gift as a storyteller and a wealth of fascinating detail about Iranian society and culture, she narrates her surreal experience growing up in the turmoil of the revolution and the Iran/Iraq war, punctuated by her comic disposition as a mischievous child and by the tragic losses of family members who fall victim to the political climate of fear, revenge, and extremism.

As a teenager, she is drawn to writing and poetry and awakens to a desire to play an active role in the intellectual life of her country. This path ultimately leads to her violent arrest. Faced with a harsh, violent daily existence and the uncertainty of survival, she is struck by the realization that only by convincing herself that she is in love with the chief interrogator does she have any hope of escape.

Thus unfolds a harrowing account of a morally and emotionally troubling relationship, during the course of which she is forced to betray her friends and family, to serve the Iranian government, and to give herself unconditionally to this powerful older man. Once out of prison, she must now escape from the clutches of this dangerous and demeaning relationship.

It is only after she successfully flees Iran that she can confront within herself what she has been through with her interrogator.

Review:

"Entekhabifard, an Iranian-born journalist now living in the U.S., opens her intriguing memoir on January 16, 1979, the day the Shah fled Tehran. She'd just turned six, so she didn't understand the tumult; she knew her parents preferred the Shah to Khomeini's mullahs, but neither of them discussed leaving Iran. She explains, how, instead, they adjusted. Mother and daughters observed hijab when necessary and, like others, learned not to attract the attention of the revolutionary guards. A poet, Entekhabifard took advantage of the Khatami regime's reformist climate to start work as a journalist. When political winds shifted, she was jailed for three months, where she cultivated a romantic attachment with her interrogator. His passion secured her release, but soon she realized she had to leave Iran, and him, and try a career in America. Rather than narrate her story chronologically (which would emphasize a repression-to-freedom theme), Entekhabifard intercuts accounts of various incidents, so that heavier stories — like her romance with her interrogator — emerge gradually. In the end, hers is a strangely disorienting account of that period." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A breathtaking memoir of one daring young woman's journey to freedom in contemporary Iran

Synopsis:

Camelia Entekhabifard was six years old in 1979 when the shah of Iran was overthrown by revolutionary supporters of the Ayatollah Khomeini. By the age of sixteen, Camelia was a nationally celebrated poet, and at eighteen she was one of the youngest reformist journalists in Tehran. Just eight years later she was imprisoned, held in solitary confinement, and charged with breaching national security and challenging the authority of the Islamic regime. Camelia is both a story of growing up in post-revolutionary Tehran and a haunting reminder of the consequences of speaking the truth in a repressive society.

Synopsis:

An extraordinarily vivid look inside post-revolutionary Iran, this is the memoir of an Iranian journalist who was sent to prison because of her bold coverage of current affairs for reformist newspapers.

About the Author

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard is a journalist, poet, and writer who grew up during the Iranian Revolution and wrote for leading reformist newpapers covering controversial stories until her imprisonment in 1999. Officially released on condition that she work for the Iranian government, she escaped to the U.S. and now works from Afghanistan covering current affairs.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583227190
Author:
Entekhabi-fard, Camelia
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Translator:
Murer, George
Author:
Entekhabi-Fard, Camelia
Author:
Entekhabifard , Camelia
Author:
Murer, George
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Middle East - Iran
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Women journalists
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Iran Politics and government 1997-
Subject:
Iran Politics and government 1979-1997.
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.99x6.36x.91 in. .84 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Seven Stories Press - English 9781583227190 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Entekhabifard, an Iranian-born journalist now living in the U.S., opens her intriguing memoir on January 16, 1979, the day the Shah fled Tehran. She'd just turned six, so she didn't understand the tumult; she knew her parents preferred the Shah to Khomeini's mullahs, but neither of them discussed leaving Iran. She explains, how, instead, they adjusted. Mother and daughters observed hijab when necessary and, like others, learned not to attract the attention of the revolutionary guards. A poet, Entekhabifard took advantage of the Khatami regime's reformist climate to start work as a journalist. When political winds shifted, she was jailed for three months, where she cultivated a romantic attachment with her interrogator. His passion secured her release, but soon she realized she had to leave Iran, and him, and try a career in America. Rather than narrate her story chronologically (which would emphasize a repression-to-freedom theme), Entekhabifard intercuts accounts of various incidents, so that heavier stories — like her romance with her interrogator — emerge gradually. In the end, hers is a strangely disorienting account of that period." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A breathtaking memoir of one daring young woman's journey to freedom in contemporary Iran
"Synopsis" by , Camelia Entekhabifard was six years old in 1979 when the shah of Iran was overthrown by revolutionary supporters of the Ayatollah Khomeini. By the age of sixteen, Camelia was a nationally celebrated poet, and at eighteen she was one of the youngest reformist journalists in Tehran. Just eight years later she was imprisoned, held in solitary confinement, and charged with breaching national security and challenging the authority of the Islamic regime. Camelia is both a story of growing up in post-revolutionary Tehran and a haunting reminder of the consequences of speaking the truth in a repressive society.
"Synopsis" by , An extraordinarily vivid look inside post-revolutionary Iran, this is the memoir of an Iranian journalist who was sent to prison because of her bold coverage of current affairs for reformist newspapers.
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