NON-FICTION: RAMIN JAHANBEGLOO
Canadian-Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo is an internationally renowned scholar who has studied at the Sorbonne and Harvard University. He has authored close to 30 books in English, Persian, and French on topics such as Ghandi and the philosophy of non-violence, as well as the politics of contemporary India and Iran. He also unwittingly became a cause célèbre when, in 2006, he was arrested in Tehran while attempting to board a plane bound for Europe. Accused of spying but never officially charged, Jahanbegloo spent four months in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. His incarceration and mistreatment at the hands of Iranian authorities was condemned by the European Union and sparked a petition whose signatories included Noam Chomsky, J.M. Coetzee, Umberto Eco, Jürgen Habermas, and Richard Rorty. Now a professor at Toronto’s York University and a member of the PEN Canada advisory board, Jahanbegloo is set to tell his story for the first time. Appearing in August from the University of Regina Press, Time Will Say Nothing: A Philosopher Survives an Iranian Prison ($27.95 cl.) weaves together philosophical inquiry with a first-hand account of the author’s experiences behind bars. The book promises to offer rare insight into the conditions of life under an authoritative regime.