Thursday, January 19, 2012 |
Marina Nemat was only 16 years old when she was arrested and thrown into Evin, Iran's notorious political prison. During her incarceration, she was tortured and narrowly escaped being executed -- her life was spared only because one of the prison's guards fell in love with her and forced her to convert to Islam and marry him. Because of his efforts, she was finally released from prison. After the guard was assassinated by a rival group of guards, Nemat married her teenage love and they fled to Canada in 1991.
Photo of Marina Nemat by Tanja Tizina-Burdi/CBC
This harrowing tale was shared with the world in 2007, when Marina published her memoir, Prisoner of Tehran. Today, Marina is an internationally renowned writer, teacher and speaker and her words have helped bring attention to the plight of political prisoners in Iran.
On Thursday, January 19, Marina joined us for a live chat, where she answered readers' questions. You can replay the chat below the jump.
Prisoner of Tehran will be defended by entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson in the Canada Reads 2012 debates. The debates will air at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. in Nfld.) on CBC Radio One and will be livestreamed on CBC Books at 10 a.m. ET on February 6,7, 8 and 9.