Magazine article New Internationalist

Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution

Magazine article New Internationalist

Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution

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Remembering Akbar Inside the Iranian Revolution by Behrooz Ghamari (OR Books, ISBN 978 1 682190 8)

Leftist activist Behrooz Ghamari was incarcerated for three-and-a-half years by the nascent theocratic regime in Iran in the wake of the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. A rrested along with hundreds of other leftists as the Islamists sought to eliminate their political opponents, he was subjected to brutal interrogations and torture at the notorious Evin prison. Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution is his memoir of that awful experience.

The mass killing of leftists by the Islamic Republic is a matter of historical record; Ghamari's account takes us beyond the cold statistics, with affectionate pen portraits of the many dissidents he encountered during his imprisonment, most of whom did not come out alive. …

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