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By Nazila Fathi

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

In The Lonely War, Fathi interweaves her tale with that of the rustic she left in 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 Fathi was once 9 years outdated whilst that rebellion changed the Iranian shah with a thorough Islamic regime. Her father, an reliable at a central authority ministry, used to be fired for donning a necktie and realizing English; to help his relatives he was once compelled to exertions in an orchard thousands of miles from Tehran. whilst, the family’s destitute, uneducated housekeeper used to be in a position to retire and buy a contemporary apartment—all simply because her kin supported the recent regime.

As Fathi indicates, alterations like those triggered many years of inequality—especially for the bad and for women—to vanish in a single day. but a brand new breed of tyranny took its position, as she came upon while she begun her journalistic occupation. Fathi speedy faced the higher limits of chance for girls within the new Iran and earned the enmity of the country’s ruthless intelligence provider. yet whereas she and plenty of different Iranians have fled for the security of the West, 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 twenty years of reporting and large interviews with either traditional Iranians and high-level officers ahead of and because her departure, Fathi describes Iran’s awakening along her personal, revealing how moderates are gradually retaking the country.

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