Camelia: Save Yourself by Telling the Truth - A Memoir of Iran

By Camelia Entekhabifard

Camelia Entekhabifard was once six years previous in 1979 whilst the shah of Iran used to be overthrown via progressive supporters of the Ayatollah Khomeini. by means of the age of 16, Camelia used to be a nationally celebrated poet, and at eighteen she was once one of many youngest reformist newshounds in Tehran. simply 8 years later she used to be imprisoned, held in solitary confinement, and charged with breaching nationwide safeguard and tough the authority of the Islamic regime. Camelia is either a narrative of becoming up in post-revolutionary Tehran and a haunting reminder of the implications of conversing the reality in a repressive society.

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As we hailed taxis to Soros’s apartment on 5th street, I whispered into Atrianfar’s ear, “Now i do know who he's! He’s Jewish and the wealthiest guy in the US, and he has an empire in principal Asia. ” He absently nodded his head, yet my wild description didn’t appear to provoke him. In Soros’s significant domestic, a servant introduced us tea in brilliant china teacups. I sat with the opposite ladies and checked out Khanum Shahla Sherkat and smiled. Mojghan checked out us, too, and giggled. after which for a few cause that to today is doubtful to me, the 3 people began giggling in a so much ridiculous and idiotic model. the total time we sat in Soros’s condo, we couldn’t cease guffawing. I went to the washroom and took a deep breath and went again to my seat. It used to be lifeless. We have been guffawing so not easy we couldn’t even deliver the teacups to our lips, and all 3 folks have been pouring tears. Giving us a disapproving glance, Atrianfar requested us in Persian to brain our manners. Even Soros interrupted himself midspeech to claim, “The women should have noticed anything really attention-grabbing . . . it'd be great if you’d allow us to in on it in order that we'd enjoy the comic story, too. ” We have been nonetheless conquer with laughter, making it most unlikely for us to reply to. As we have been announcing goodbye and Soros was once signing a replica of his e-book for every folks, we apologized in apprehensive flurries. a number of days later, Agha-ye Atrianfar had collected sufficient information regarding George Soros to panic. within the detailed Esfahani accessory that he used to be continually attempting to disguise, he warned us, “Soros is among the such a lot admired Zionists on this planet, and there could have been a few type of conspiracy at the back of this assembly. ” He frightened that by means of going to his condominium with no figuring out who he was once, we all will be at risk whilst Tehran bought wind of the stopover at. He implored us to cast off Soros’s booklet so we wouldn’t be stuck whilst our bags was once searched in Mehrabad airport. Mojghan and Shahla Sherkat bit their lips nervously at Atrianfar’s predictions, yet I merely cursed my silliness and silly laughter, and puzzled why I couldn’t have proven higher personality. Who knew that in simple terms years later i might prove as a contract correspondent for Soros’s information site, EurasiaNet. sooner than I flew again to Iran, i finished over in London. My first piece of unfinished enterprise used to be to establish an interview with Salman Rushdie. I lay stretched out on my good friend Susan’s mattress in London, brooding about how i'll most likely tune him down. In what i presumed used to be a flash of brilliance, it got here to me that I may still touch the click place of work of the Iranian embassy. while I referred to as, they wouldn’t provide me any info over the telephone and instructed me i wished to return in individual, so I tied on a head shawl and flippantly went to the embassy. however the respectable accountable for the cultural heart challenged me instantly, desirous to comprehend what enterprise I had with Rushdie. The international ministers of Iran and England had shaken palms on the United international locations and the fatwa opposed to him have been lifted, I defined, so it was once really ordinary that I, as an Iranian journalist, will be drawn to interviewing a guy who had lived within the shadows for years, fearing for his existence.

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