Offers a fascinating insight into life under an oppressive regime: Iran is constantly in the media spotlight For all those who enjoyed The Bookseller of Kabul, Reading Lolita in Tehran, In the Country of Men and The Kite Runner Beautifully written - sure to be a word of mouth success and a classic of the genre. Rights have sold in ten countries
Zarah Ghahramani was born in Tehran in 1981. She is now permanently resident in Australia. This is her first book. Her co-writer, Robert Hilman, was born in 1948 and grew up in rural Victoria. He has written several novels as well as poetry and short fiction. His 2004 memoir, The Boy in the Green Suit, won Australia's National Biography Award. My Life As A Traitor has also been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
'The theocratic Iranian state fears the spirit of women and seeks to crush it. Most Iranian women are feisty, resilient and ambitious, some are crushed; others like this writer, rise like a phoenix. What they go through is unimaginable - this book forces us to imagine it. Brilliant - heart-breaking and life-affirming' Yasmin Alibhai-Brown 'MY LIFE AS A TRAITOR is an important and revealing book about a culture and a country that figures hugely in modern geopolitics. It is the inner journey of one young woman, of her fear, pride, courage and ultimate survival in Tehran's brutal Evin prison. But it is also a coming of age story that haunts and provokes; beautifully written and disturbingly unforgettable. It will stand beside Solzhenitysn and Primo Levi as a book that show exactly how human beings survive in the face of true evil' Janine di Giovanni 'A compelling story...a must read for anyone interested in understanding the complex nation that is Iran.' Firoozeh Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America 'MY LIFE AS A TRAITOR is a riveting story. It is a celebration of human courage under duress and a savage indictment of the oppressive regime of Iran. It shocks, angers, saddens, and inspires' KHALED HOSSEINI