This is a gripping, previously untold story, which throws a chill light on the secrets and lies that flourish in the fertile soil of dehumanising beliefs and practices – in this case in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is a memoir by Sydney‐based doctor and writer/translator, Kooshyar Karimi, who in 2000 managed to flee, with his family, escaping certain torture and death which stalked him on a daily basis in his native Iran. Karimi’s sin was his Jewishness and the fact that he helped desperate girls and women, who had been raped, terminate the resulting pregnancies.
Kooshyar Karimi is a father, a doctor, a writer, and translator. In 1998, he is kidnapped from the streets, blindfolded, and tortured. When he is eventually released, it is only as a spy for the Islamic Secret Service. This is the story of his survival.
‘His story has the captivating yet disturbing quality of a tragic fable… A gifted storyteller for whom writing has become an act of atonement, Karimi skilfully captures both the everyday and the epic dimensions of his extraordinary life.’
– Fiona Capp, Pick of the Week, Saturday Age, 8 Sept 2012