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Roxana Saberi speaking with a Qatari student who is studying journalism at Northwestern University’s Qatar campus in Doha, Sept. 20, 2010Roxana Saberi speaking with a Qatari student who is studying journalism at Northwestern University’s Qatar campus in Doha, Sept. 20, 2010My Life and Captivity in Iran by Roxana Saberi 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.

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 followers 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 their 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 U.S.-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.

Saberi, 32, was born in New Jersey and raised in North Dakota. She has a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and a second master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge. She has reported for NPR, BBC, ABC Radio, and Fox News.

Roxana Saberi Blog / (Harper; ISBN 0061965286; on sale March 30, 2010)

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