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“It’s very hard for people . . . to understand what it takes to be a revolutionary”: An interview with Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, author of REMEMBERING AKBAR

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

“It’s very hard for people . . . to understand what it takes to be a revolutionary”


Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi is interviewed by Illinois News Bureau about the publication of his latest book, REMEMBERING AKBAR: INSIDE THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION


“Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi has written plenty about the Iranian Revolution and its aftermath, including two scholarly books. But the University of Illinois professor also lived that history as an activist and then political prisoner, and now has his own evocative story to tell.

In a new autobiographic novel or “novelistic memoir,” Ghamari (the last name he uses with this book) contemplates on three years he spent on death row in the early 1980s in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison – years of torture, deprivation and indignities, during which he saw many cellmates marched off to executions, and thought more than once that his own time was near.”


Read the full interview on Illinois News Bureau here.

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Revolution on the streets of Tehran, 1979: read an excerpt from REMEMBERING AKBAR

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Photograph © Maryam Zandi


The news comes that in Tehran people have taken up arms and are taking over all the government buildings, including the state radio and television. They are storming the prisons and letting the political prisoners out along with thieves and murderers. Dark smoke is rising in different parts of the city. We gather outside along the road to Tehran and listen to a portable radio.

“Citizens of Tehran,” the announcer reads the latest declaration of the martial law authorities, “a curfew will be enforced from 4 o’clock this afternoon.”

It is already past 4:00 pm.

“In order to protect your lives and property, our brave troops are under strict orders to shoot without consideration subversive elements who defy this directive.” The radio played military marches and repeated the declaration. The workers at the General Electric plant were still demanding their back-pay.

The planning committee could not agree on a plan. Mohammad insisted that we had to stay there with the workers.

“The revolution will triumph,” he pleaded, “with or without us. No matter who rules the country, these workers will demand the same things.”

I was sympathetic to Mohammad, but could not ignore the bloodshed in the city. “We need to be there,” I said tersely. “What will we say when people later ask where were we during the uprising? What prison doors did we break? What military base did we conquer? What government building did we take over?”

Mohammad realized that he could not win this quarrel. He remained, while the rest of us headed back to the city to rejoice in the final triumph of the revolution.

Mohammad would be executed three years later.

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