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Rosewater - Previously Published As 'then They Came for Me'

Maziar Bahari

When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran's presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiancée, Paola, that he'd be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend the next three months in Iran's most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater. For the Bahari family, wars, coups, and revolutions are not distant concepts but intimate realities they have suffered for generations: Maziar's father was imprisoned by the shah in the 1950s, and his sister by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s. Alone in his cell at Evin Prison, fearing the worst, Maziar draws strength from his memories of the courage of his father and sister in the face of torture, and hears their voices speaking to him across the years. He dreams of being with Paola in London, and imagines all that she and his rambunctious, resilient eighty-four-year-old mother must be doing to campaign for his release. During the worst of his encounters with Rosewater, he silently repeats the names of his loved ones, calling on their strength and love to protect him and praying he will be released in time for the birth of his first child. A riveting, heart-wrenching memoir, Then They Came for Me offers insight into the past fifty years of regime change in Iran, as well as the future of a country where the democratic impulses of the youth continually clash with a government that becomes more totalitarian with each passing day. An intimate and fascinating account of contemporary Iran, it is also the moving and wonderfully written story of one family's extraordinary courage in the face of repression.

When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran's presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiancée, Paola, that he'd be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend the next three months in Iran's most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater. For the Bahari family, wars, coups, and revolutions are not distant concepts but intimate realities they have suffered for generations: Maziar's father was imprisoned by the shah in the 1950s, and his sister by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s. Alone in his cell at Evin Prison, fearing the worst, Maziar draws strength from his memories of the courage of his father and sister in the face of torture, and hears their voices speaking to him across the years. He dreams of being with Paola in London, and imagines all that she and his rambunctious, resilient eighty-four-year-old mother must be doing to campaign for his release. During the worst of his encounters with Rosewater, he silently repeats the names of his loved ones, calling on their strength and love to protect him and praying he will be released in time for the birth of his first child. A riveting, heart-wrenching memoir, Then They Came for Me offers insight into the past fifty years of regime change in Iran, as well as the future of a country where the democratic impulses of the youth continually clash with a government that becomes more totalitarian with each passing day. An intimate and fascinating account of contemporary Iran, it is also the moving and wonderfully written story of one family's extraordinary courage in the face of repression.
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When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran's presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiancée, Paola, that he'd be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend the next three months in Iran's most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater. For the Bahari family, wars, coups, and revolutions are not distant concepts but intimate realities they have suffered for generations: Maziar's father was imprisoned by the shah in the 1950s, and his sister by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s. Alone in his cell at Evin Prison, fearing the worst, Maziar draws strength from his memories of the courage of his father and sister in the face of torture, and hears their voices speaking to him across the years. He dreams of being with Paola in London, and imagines all that she and his rambunctious, resilient eighty-four-year-old mother must be doing to campaign for his release. During the worst of his encounters with Rosewater, he silently repeats the names of his loved ones, calling on their strength and love to protect him and praying he will be released in time for the birth of his first child. A riveting, heart-wrenching memoir, Then They Came for Me offers insight into the past fifty years of regime change in Iran, as well as the future of a country where the democratic impulses of the youth continually clash with a government that becomes more totalitarian with each passing day. An intimate and fascinating account of contemporary Iran, it is also the moving and wonderfully written story of one family's extraordinary courage in the face of repression.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Aimee Molloy, Stephen Hoye

Length:

11h 25m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

36:39


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

01:05:01


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

17:58


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

04:59


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

49:30


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

30:16


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

16:05


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

13:46


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

01:07:50


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

37:12


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

16:22


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

16:55


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

39:43


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

19:14


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

53:27


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

39:54


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

31:58


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

32:50


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

31:25


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

14:09


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

07:38


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

42:41


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

00:25