A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival

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Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran's presidential election, assuring his pregnant fiancee that he'd be back in just a few days, a week at most. But instead, he would spend the next three months in Iran's most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogations at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater. For the Bahari family, wars, coups, and revolutions are not distant concepts but intimate realities they have suffered for generations: Maziar's father was imprisoned by the shah in the 1950s, and his sister by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s. During the worst of his encounters with Rosewater, Maziar drew strength from the memories of his loved ones, and prayed that he would be released in time for the birth of his first child. Riveting and heart-wrenching, Rosewater offers insight into the past seventy years of regime change in Iran, as well as the future of a country where the democratic impulses of the youth clash with a totalitarian government. It is the story of a family's courage in the face of repression, and of one man's journey to freedom.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014
Edition: 2014 Random House trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780812981803
Branch Call Number: 365.45092 B1476R 2011
Characteristics: xxviii, 356 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Molloy, Aimee - Author
Alternative Title: Rose water


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Feb 23, 2015

I was hesitant to read this book because I did not want to read about torture. This memoir gives a good description of the history of Iran and how the oppressive and repressive regime affects individuals and families. I also have a better understanding of the risks journalists take to get the stories to the rest of us.

arbolito Dec 08, 2014

Hard to put down account of a Canadian journalist arrested and held in an Iranian prison by the brutal government of the Islamic State. His survival is an uplifting story of retaining sanity in the face of an insane system of government and traumatic treatment to coerce confessions from prisoners.


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