People

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Archive

Picks and Pans Review: My Life as a Traitor

Posted on

by Zarah Ghahramani |

REVIEWED BY CAROLINE LEAVITT

MEMOIR

In 2001, 20-year-old Tehran University student Ghahramani was snatched by the dreaded secret police for protesting a controversial professor’s firing; without trial or notification to her parents, she was thrown into Iran’s brutal Evin Prison for 30 days. In Ghahramani’s graceful, chilling memoir, her naiveté gives way to fearless insights about her country—and herself. Questioning the status quo made her a traitor to a fundamentalist regime, but in this searingly honest, brave book, she’s nothing short of heroic.