By Reza Ghaffari
A admired Iranian political prisoner tells his tale from the time of his arrest to his eventual get away a decade later
Dr. Reza Ghaffari used to be a professor on the collage of Tehran until eventually his 1981 arrest for suspicion of being a member of a banned socialist workforce. This account of his studies via 10 years of torture and as a witness to—and close to sufferer of—prison massacres deals extraordinary perception into the torturous remedy of political prisoners who oppose the Iranian regime. not anything written in English or in Persian has so comprehensively and movingly portrayed criminal stipulations and the energy of these ache them—not in simple terms a listing of atrocities, it's also a story of triumph for integrity and the human spirit within the face of the maximum degradation. In 1999 the Iranian professionals got here searching for Dr. Ghaffari in London and he used to be moved to a "safe house" by means of MI6 the place he stayed for with reference to a 12 months. After September 11, the terrorist risk point within the united kingdom used to be raised and Dr. Ghaffari used to be allowed again to his relatives with better surveillance on his condo. The years of torture have taken their toll on his health and wellbeing yet he has refused to be intimidated and is as made up our minds as ever that his tale might be advised. The fatwah imposed opposed to writer Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses scared many publishers into refusing to print this ebook, A nation of worry, in English
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A State of Fear: My 10 Years Inside Iran's Torture Jails by Reza Ghaffari