The Tale of Two Nazanins

The Tale of Two Nazanins

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The remarkable story of two women named Nazanin--one a Canadian at the height of her career, the other a teenager on death row in Iran--and how one email changed their lives forever

Nazanin Afshin-Jam was on top of the world. In 2006, she had just signed her first record deal and, after placing as first runner-up for Miss World, was a sought-after fashion model and icon within the Iranian dissident community. But one afternoon, she received an email that would change the course of her life. The subject of that email--a Kurdish girl named Nazanin Fatehi--was facing execution in Iran, as punishment for stabbing a man who had tried to rape her. Afshin-Jam quickly came to Fatehi's defence, striding into the world of international diplomacy and confronting the dark side of the country of her birth, with its honour killings, violence against women and state-sanctioned executions of children. While Fatehi languished in prison, experiencing conditions so deplorable she attempted to end her own life, Afshin-Jam worked desperately on the campaign to save her. The Tale of Two Nazanins weaves together the lives of two women--one leading a life of opportunity, the other living in abject poverty--and a fight for justice that, if only for a moment, brought the Iranian regime to its knees. An inspiring story about the bonds of sisterhood, this extraordinary book speaks to the power of every individual to foster positive change in the world. 

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781554689729
Branch Call Number: 323.092 NAZ NVD
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McClelland, Susan


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Nov 09, 2012

Two women named Nazanin—one a Canadian model and singer at the height of her career, the other a teenager on death row in Iran—and how one email changed their lives forever. Activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam married Conservative MP Peter Mackay in 2012. She appears at U of A’s Festival of Ideas on November 17.

Clio84 Oct 09, 2012

Interesting story about two girls with the same name, but one living in Iran with very limited options and another one with all the opportunities that living in Canada brings (she was a Miss World). Really sad the conditions some girl and women face in Iran just because of their gender. The book gets kind of cheesy sometimes, but it meets its goal which is create awareness.

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