The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran

Nazila Fathi


In the summer season of 2009, as she was once protecting the preferred uprisings in Tehran for the New York Times, Iranian journalist Nazila Fathi obtained a cell name. “They have given your picture to snipers,” a central authority resource warned her. quickly after, with undercover brokers ultimate in, Fathi fled the rustic along with her husband and young ones, starting a lifetime of exile.

In The Lonely War, Fathi interweaves her tale with that of the rustic she left at the back of, exhibiting how Iran is locked in a conflict among hardliners and reformers that dates again to the country’s 1979 revolution. Fathi was once 9 years previous whilst that rebellion changed the Iranian shah with an intensive Islamic regime. Her father, an professional at a central authority ministry, used to be fired for donning a necktie and understanding English; to help his family members he used to be compelled to hard work in an orchard thousands of miles from Tehran. while, the family’s destitute, uneducated housekeeper was once capable of retire and buy a latest apartment—all simply because her relatives supported the recent regime.

As Fathi indicates, adjustments like those prompted a long time of inequality—especially for the negative and for women—to vanish in a single day. but a brand new breed of tyranny took its position, as she came across whilst she all started her journalistic occupation. Fathi fast faced the higher limits of chance for ladies within the new Iran and earned the enmity of the country’s ruthless intelligence carrier. yet whereas she and plenty of different Iranians have fled for the security of the West, hundreds of thousands in their middleclass countrymen—many of them an analogous humans whom the regime as soon as lifted out of poverty—continue pushing for extra own freedoms and a renewed dating with the surface world.

Drawing on over 20 years of reporting and wide interviews with either usual Iranians and high-level officers ahead of and because her departure, Fathi describes Iran’s awakening along her personal, revealing how moderates are progressively retaking the country.

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