Marina  Nemat

Marina Nemat

Marina Nemat was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came close to execution. In 1991, she moved to Canada, where she now resides. Her memoir of her life in Iran, "Prisoner of Tehran," has been published in 28 countries, and is an international bestseller. Her memoir has also been adapted for the stage. Her second book, "Life After Terhan: a Life Reclaimed," was published in 2010. She has received numerous awards including the human dignity award from the European parliament, and is an advisor to a number of human rights organizations, including the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, and Pen Canada, among others. She is a regular contributor to news outlets, and speaks all over the world. []