Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

by Roxana Saberi


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Between Two Worlds is an extraordinary story of how an innocent young woman got caught up in the current of political events and met individuals whose stories vividly depict human rights violations in Iran.”
— Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Between Two World is the harrowing chronicle of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi’s imprisonment in Iran—as well as a penetrating look at Iran and its political tensions. Here for the first time is the full story of Saberi’s arrest and imprisonment, which drew international attention as a cause célèbre from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and leaders across the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061965296
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 327,757
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Roxana Saberi has reported for ABC Radio, the BBC, Feature Story News, Fox News, NPR, and PRI. She lived in Iran from February 2003 to May 2009 and currently resides in the United States.

Table of Contents

Part I Trapped 1

Part II Angels in Evin 115

Part III On Trial 225

Epilogue 295

Acknowledgments 307

Glossary 313

Notes on Sources 315

Selected Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 319

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"A powerful and deeply moving portrait." —-Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

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Between Two Worlds 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
CactusWolf More than 1 year ago
For over three months in 2009, I watched closely the detention and subsequent release of American journalist Roxana Saberi from Iran's hellish Evin prison. Less than a year after her release, she penned her experience in a book that was not only a great tale of survival, hope and courage, but also a true testament to the unrelenting human spirit and experience... In doing so, going far beyond a cultural description of Iran and the political nuances often lost in translation when re-conveyed in the west. Saberi writes the book with the expertise of a skilled writer and not that of a journalist, which is often the missing factor in books written by trained journalist. I attribute this accomplishment to her having had a profoundly genuine experience as a human being, fully going through the stages of fear, enlightenment, courage and ultimate redemption in the form of bravely recanting her false confession and standing up to her tormentors. The details of this book, such as being threatened with life in prison or "worse" (I can only speculate) and her eventual release, contain the full arch of a hero's journey, showing clearly that Saberi is a nothing short of a courageous warrior for humanitarian causes, namely the plight of the Iranian people living under an oppressive regime that's hiding behind a pretentious cloak of religiousness and justice. As an American humanitarian of Japanese/Iranian decent, Roxana Saberi is well suited to shed light on the complex day to day lives of Iranians, her own nightmarish incarceration in Evin prison and the paranoid Iranian regime feeding on its own fabricated fears. All the while, her sense of humor shines light on the situation whenever possible and her insight enlightens all those willing to listen with an open heart and mind. While Roxana's work and courage is admirable in countless ways, her true contribution to humanity -in my opinion- is the inspiration of others who love, cherish and respect freedom, not to mention the proliferation of hope and courage in the face of adversity. One encouraging example of this, the best that I can imagine, comes from 12-year-old Dylan of San Francisco, CA who said: "I just read your book, Between Two Worlds, and I would like to let you know that you have inspired me and when I grow up, I would like to be a journalist. Thank you so much for writing this amazing book! I hope you understand the impact you have made on the world because of your book and your actions." I could not have said it better myself, as Saberi has inspired even me into writing my own story of witnessing a revolution, living through the 20th century's 3rd bloodiest war and my ultimate survival and liberation.
SleeplessinCA More than 1 year ago
Having two young children, I have not read a book (other than parenting books) from cover to cover in a few years. I purchased "between two worlds" the day it was released and could not put it down...finished it in 4 days! Roxana's book is not only a chronicle of her life in Iran and captivity at Evin prison, but also informative about Iran as a country, it's history, culture, and how the islamic regime came to power. It is not overwhelming in that context, but enough knowledge to shed some light on how things 'came to be' as they are, and to what extent. Saberi's writings beautifully paint a landscape of who she is, her love of Iran and its people, as well as that of America, and her love and admiration for her family and friends. That care and admiration extends to the amazing women she meets in Evin prison. All of this sets the stage for how Roxana gains the courage to be true to herself, and to those suffering and fighting for basic human rights in Iran, despite the dreadful conditions, intense psychological pressure and threats she is under. Her story is carefully, compassionately and whole-heartedly written. I commend Roxana for coming forward with her story, for sharing her knowledge and passion with others. I truly believe that her sincere nature, combined with her knowledge and determination, can turn her horrific experience into something meaningful for the rest of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hooked from page one
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the first few pages, I had hopes that this would be an outstanding book, but it rather quickly settled back into the "almost ordinary" category. Roxana Saberi, the author, lived in Iran for a number or years and was finally taken prisoner and accused of being a spy. She was held in solitary confinement for a time and was then moved into various cells with other women. She spent a total of 100 days in Evin Prison in Tehran. It was awhile before the Iranians let her notify her family that she was even there. I found the differences in the prison and court systems in Iran vs. the U.S. very interesting. Roxana's lawyers did next to nothing for her, rarely ever speaking during her trials. She had to present her own defense. One thing that I would have liked more elaboration on was the nature of her faith. The jacket blurb stated that it was a story of faith, but what faith she professes was never quite revealed. This is a good, informative read that made me want to stay as far away from Iran as possible. It confirmed the nuttiness of the powers-that-be there for me.
jcwlib on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My focus shirted next to Iran. Roxana Saberi was held for 100 days in an Iranian prison. This book details her time in that prison and the women she met inside there. She was accused of being a spy and using her researching a book as a cover. Roxana makes a false confession under distress and ends up recanting that confession while in jail. She uses hunger strikes as a way to pressure her jailers on letting her go. She barely is able to talk to her lawyer as he prepares her defense. She realizes early on that she can't trust anything she is told. Eventually her parents and boyfriend - a native Iranian - make enough "noise" to get her released. I remember seeing the press release NPR and other news organizations wrote in support of her release come across my inbox last year. It was encouraging and motivating to see how a strong and smart woman was able to mentally survive this ordeal. Saberi mixes in stories about Iran's culture and historical events within her own story.
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I was shocked when I heard Roxanna, a wonderful person I had known in college, had been jailed in Iran. She is still the remarkable person I knew then. I am thankful she is free today, and admire her for using her experience to do good for others. What a cautionary tale against tyrannical goverment she has written, may it be something we never know here in the US!
Diab More than 1 year ago
Best book I read in years, I felt like watching a live event not reading a book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written personal account, but well documented and informational of the current political prison situation in Iran.
Schihaserl More than 1 year ago
this book was one of the dozen others I read before I went on a trip to Iran on a tourist visa in October/November 2010. I did not only read about the history of Persia/ Iran, but also many other accounts of Iranians and this ordeal of Roxana Saberi. It was a fascinating insight of the part of Iran I was lucky not have encountered. It kept me reading late into the nightand I recommend it highly. Well written, suspenseful and very informative.
DanGeo More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful and moving portrait of one women's fight for the souls of Iran's people against the tyranny of a government who has forgotten it's people. It reflects on the individuals who she met along the way who taught her about faith in God and the sacrifices it takes to find illumination.
Vkad More than 1 year ago
Thank you Roxana for sharing your experiences in this captivating publication. It provides real insight into the human rights challenges faced by all people in Iran and was such an enlightening read. I found the way that Roxana recounts her experiences captivating and a breeze to read. I could not put this book down until I had read the very last word. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who has a relationship with Iran and who wants insight into what it is like for those who are innocent yet imprisoned. Between Two Worlds inspires me to work hard every day for the rights of others, in the hope that they too will one day be freed. A must read for every journalist!
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MomOfThreeLittleKittens More than 1 year ago
I read this book as I wanted to learn firsthand the experiences that an American-Iranian woman had to share about the Iranian culture and her incarceration as an innocent American. Immediately, I felt the vulnerability that Ms Saberi experienced throughout her incarceration as her story is brought to life in every page. Her inner-strength is admirable as she demonstrates her intelligence and uses her captors' own games of manipulation against them. I was captivated by the stories of the other female prisoner's and ached at the violations of basic human rights that are absent in Iran. I highly recommend this book; it will remind you of the good that exists within many Iranian citizens (NOT the government!) and ignite a passion to advocate for justice, and for human and women's rights.
Cat_Kuma More than 1 year ago
The juxtaposition Saberi creates between people and governments is inspiring and dares to challenge our perception of any one country, one people, one religion or one culture.
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luvbooks11 More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of reading "Between Two Worlds" by Roxana Saberi. I use the word privilege because that's how I felt reading this very intimate account of Roxana Saberi's experience in Evin prison. Evin prison is notorious; the Iranians are also notorious for what they do to prisoners to punish or break them. It's well-known throughout the world, but especially in Iran. I can't imagine the terror she must have felt being incarcerated there and cut off from everyone she knew and not knowing her fate. Saberi is very modest about her personal strength and experiences. Even though I knew the outcome, my heart was in my throat reading the book. I highly recommend this book -- it's difficult to put down. Thank you, Roxana for sharing your intimate thoughts, fears, hopes, misery and experiences. You are amazing!
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victoriadancer More than 1 year ago
This is a very inspirational book that Miss Saberi wrote sharing with all of us her story during her captivity in Iran. In the book, you will almost sense her hope and faith and the strength she carries on to be strong and fight through her struggles. The book is very entertaining and it is difficult to put it down. I read this book for my non-fiction report and I was really moved by Roxana's words and story. This book changed me and made me see the issues in the world that I never knew were there. Now I feel the urge to help many others who are still imprisoned and to promote human rights all around the world. I encourage everyone to read this book.
Guil_Vasq More than 1 year ago
"Between Two World's" is an intense book about Ms Saberi's captivity and trial in Iran for espionage. Ms Saberi's news caught my attention when I first heard of her story on the media. I have always been interested in Iran and the entire Middle Eastern region as well: the history, culture, religion and politics. So when I heard she was writing a book, this became a list on my many books I wanted to read. The way she wrote about her struggles in depth, was truly captivating. It was really easy to read and the way she expressed her feelings and struggles each day. I found myself so often becoming enraged at the human rights abuse that Iran's hardliners were doing to her. If anyone is familiar with Iran's hard line regime, you will know their treatment towards innocent people is so horrifying. I would highly recommend this book; this is a very gripping story about her struggles there in Iran's notorious Evin prison. It was a very intense book for me. I do believe Ms Saberi's arrest and imprisonment was for a purpose. So she could continue the fight as a human rights advocacy for Iran. I wanted to make this short, because I could go and on about the book. I cannot imagine the psychological torture she had to endure. And recanting her confession like she did showed her courage, strength and determination to do what was right. Despite the consequences she faced. If you are concerned with Human Rights Issues in Iran and in the Middle East as I am, you will truly be inspired by this book.
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