Ghosts of Revolution Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran By Shahla Talebi (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. hbk., 250 pages.)

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Farideh Goldin



Shahla Talebi’s memoir, Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment
in Iran, is painful to read; it is hard to read. The book, a recollection
of Shahla Talebi’s years in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, is jail-like
itself ‒ unrelenting in stark accounts of torture, murders, madness, and
mayhem. From the very start, the prologue, until the very last words of the
epilogue and even its twelve pages of acknowledgements, the agony goes
on. Every chapter, every paragraph, and every line stabs the readers with
the hopelessness of Iranian citizens caught in the murderous, diabolical
schemes of the uncontrolled, unethical, and ruthless government, which
has ruled Iran since the Revolution of 1979 ...

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