Zarah Ghahramani was born in Tehran
in 1981, two years after Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran to establish the
Islamic Republic. Her life changed suddenly in 2001 when, after having taken
part in student demonstrations, she was arrested—literally snatched off the
street by secret police—and charged with “inciting crimes against the people of
the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
While imprisoned in Tehran’s
notorious Evin Prison, she faced brutal interrogation, her head was shaved, and
she was beaten. After being released, she was forbidden to return to the university
and soon realized that she had no future in her native land.
Robert Hillman, an Australian
writer, met and befriended Zarah in Iran in 2003 and helped her to escape to
Australia, where she now has permanent residency. My Life as a Traitor is a beautifully written memoir of Zarah’s
life in Iran, revealing the human face behind the turmoil of the modern Middle
East. Download and start listening now!