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Between Two Worlds is the harrowing chronicle of an Iranian American journalist’s arrest, sham trial, and sentencing to eight years in prison, as well as stories about the struggles and courage of the Iranians she met along the way.

Roxana Saberi had been living and working in Iran for nearly six years when four men forced her from her Tehran apartment one morning in January 2009. That night, she ended up in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin Prison. Her captors harshly interrogated her and accused her of espionage, a charge she denied. Weeks passed before her family and friends learned her whereabouts.

Saberi’s captors threatened her with life in prison or worse but told her that if she cooperated with them, she would be released. Under this and other pressures, she fabricated a confession in return for her freedom—a choice she quickly came to regret.

It wasn’t until Saberi met other prisoners at Evin that she rediscovered her courage and her conscience. Her cellmates included supporters of a civil disobedience movement, a humanitarian worker, a student activist, and Baha’is—members of the largest religious minority in Iran. When Saberi heard them talk of the deep convictions that had landed them in prison and their resistance to their captors’ demands, she realized even more the need to recant her false confession and stand up to her persecutors.

Through the prism of her interactions with her cellmates and captors, Saberi provides insight into Iranian society, the Islamic regime, and US-Iran relations, shedding light on developments taking place today in tumultuous Iran.

Following broad-based international pressure, Saberi was released from Evin Prison on appeal on May 11, 2009.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinary story of how an innocent young woman got caught up in the current of political events and met individuals whose stories vividly depict human rights violations in Iran.”

    Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

  • “A spot-on chronicle of the paranoia and utter buffoonery of the Iranian government and its apparatchiks…Saberi spent five months in Evin Prison fighting for her life. She would say that she fought for her soul as well. Her redemption is this compassionate and courageous memoir.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “With no factional axe to grind, Saberi’s English-language memoir provides a candid, timely look at the injustices suffered by prisoners of conscience within Evin’s walls…Ultimately, Saberi’s memoir brings us up-to-date on the state of Iran’s prisons, and the picture is grim.”

    Ms. magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elsie | 2/19/2014

    " Sad that so many people live in a country where they have limited rights. Her level of frustration with the system was heartfelt. I grieve for all those who are in similar situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/14/2014

    " I liked it, but I couldn't help but wish for more of her life before her arrest, so we could know how she was researching her book and what her life was like before. But I liked how she humanized even her guards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/7/2014

    " What a ride! A must-read for anyone who's interested in American-Iranian relations and the rights of journalists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jayne | 2/2/2014

    " Non fiction, quick read, very interesting, "

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About the Author
Author Roxana Saberi

Roxana Saberi was born in New Jersey and raised in North Dakota. She has a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge. She has reported for NPR, BBC, ABC Radio, Feature Story News, PRI, and Fox News.