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Letters to My Torturer: Love, Revolution, and Imprisonment in Iran

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    Must read.

    Houshang Asadi a young journalist and political activist was use to being arrested. But that one day in 1983 would change his life forever. Thinking it was just like every other time he had been arrested he wasn't worried when he was taken into custody. He did not know he would be held captive for 6 years being brutally tortured by "Brother Hamid" to confess crimes he had not committed. A friendship with a fellow prisoner, Ayatollah Khamenei, now Leader of Iran, saved his life. The "confessions" were used to sentence him to fifteen years in prison. Asadi was released with other prisoners on the anniversary of the revolution in 1989. Major themes and messages of the book include Transformation, strength, and belief. Asadi transformed from a young strong political activist to feeling like he hardly existed. Throughout his stay in Prison he had to remain strong and believe that he would survive. What I really liked about this book was how heartfelt it was. He had to really dig deep to write his experiences down and face his torturer. I also liked how the book didn't go into very detailed accounts of the tortures. It described it just enough for the reader to feel his pain but not enough to disgust the reader. Someone should read this book to gain a better understanding of Iranian history and culture. The book gives a detailed account of Irans political history. Other literary works I would recommend are A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran By: Reza Kahlili. It is also about Iran's political struggles. My overall rating of this book would be a 8 out of 10. It was a really good book and kept me interested the entire time I read it.

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