The Secret Letters From X to A


The Secret Letters From X to A by Nasrin Parvaz
When Faraz, a young teacher, accepts his uncle’s offer of a summer job, he had no idea the position he was about to find himself in. Discovering the secret letters hidden in the walls of an Islamic prison from Xavar to her husband, Faraz must decide what is more important:  Xavar’s tragic story inside the prison or the personal danger he may face for revealing it.


The Secret Letters From X to A by Nasrin Parvaz
The Secret Letters from X to A
is a compelling historical novel. As any novel of this category, many of the events are based on true facts. Nasrin Parvaz is an Iranian refugee activist living in London, UK. She spent 8 years in different prisons in Iran. One of those was located in what used to be the Joint Committee Interrogation Centre and which is now know as the Ebrat Museum in Teheran where the main facts take place. The novel defies the Islamic Regime by introducing women who resist the brutal violation of their Human Rights. They could be tortured, raped and executed, yet their power and strength is present throughout the book.

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Nasrin Parvaz

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Weight 700 g
Dimensions 24.8 × 16 × 2 cm

Hardback, Paperback

The Author

Nasrin Parvaz became a civil rights activist when the Islamic regime took power in Iran. She was arrested, tortured and sentenced to death in 1982. Her sentence was commuted to ten years imprisonment and she was actually released after eight years, in 1990. After her release, Nasrin resumed her activities and once again she found herself being followed by Islamic guards. She realised she could no longer stay in Iran and she fled to England, where she claimed asylum in 1993. She was granted refugee status a year later, and has since lived in London.

Literary and Artistic Work:

  • Nasrin’s One Woman’s Struggle in Iran: A prison memoir was published in Farsi in 2002, and it was published in Italian in 2006 by Effedue Edizioni. It is now being published by Victorina Press in English.
  • One Woman’s Struggle in Iran: A prison memoir is now an Award-Winner in the Women’s Issues category of the 2019 International Book
  • Temptation, based on the true stories of a number of male prisoners who survived the 1988 massacre of Iranian prisoners, was published in Farsi in 2008.
  • Nasrin’s poems and short stories are published in a number of different anthologies, such as: Write to be Counted, Resistance Anthology, 2017; Over Land, Over Sea, Poems for those Seeking Refuge, published by Five Leaves, in 2015. Her poems are published in Live Encounters Magazine.
  •  One of Nasrin’s short stories, ’The Time of Assassinations’, has been chosen as one of highly-commended entries of the anthology Words And Women: Four, published by Unthank Books.
  • Another of Nasrin’s short stories, A war against womanhood, won the Women’s World Award in 2003.
  • In 2010, another short story was longlisted for the “Bristol Short Story Prize” and a third shortlisted for the “Asham Award”.

Since 2005, together with poet Hubert Moore, Nasrin has translated some poems, prohibited in Iran, from Farsi into English. They appear in the Modern Poetry in Translation series.

Nasrin is the guest artist of Our Lives, May 1st – 8th 2018 Exhibition of Art by Foreign National Prisoners. Her paintings were accepted for inclusion in the exhibition’s Calendar and for postcards. Nasrin’s stories have been published in Exiled Writers Ink magazine. Her article, ‘Writing in the ‘Host’ Language’, published in The Great Flight, MPT 2016 Number 1.

Nasrin has given talks on the violation of human rights in Iran, both in Farsi and in English, in a number of countries including Canada, Sweden, the UK and Italy. She talked at Leicester Secular Society (2018), Exiled Writers Ink, (2018), Bare Lit Festival (2016 and 2017), Southbank Centre (2015 and 2016), and for organizations such as Amnesty International, Cambridge PEN, the Medical Foundation, Saturday Forensic Forum (2013), Ledbury Poetry Festival and Eloquent Protest (2008). Nasrin’s stories were read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Nasrin studied for a degree in Psychology and subsequently gained an MA in International Relations at Middlesex University. She then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, where she worked in a team of family therapists.

Nasrin created many pieces of artwork once she was released from the Iranian prison. One of her pieces, ‘Displaced’,  was shortlisted for the 2018 John Bird Prize – Open Competition at the Fishslab Gallery.

3 reviews for The Secret Letters From X to A

  1. Rhiannon Lewis

    A deeply affecting work. Nasrin Parvaz succeeds in conveying the intense fear and claustrophobia of what it must be like to live under any intolerant, fundamentalist regime. Even reading the story felt like a subversive act in itself.
    It’s a really striking book and I learned a great deal from reading it.

    Rhiannon Lewis, author of My Beautiful Imperial

  2. Nina

    This is a stunning work in which Nasrin Parvaz sets out the horrors of a regime in a way that the reader can fully realise the psychological complexity of imprisonment, oppression and political subversion within a real story of tragic love.

    This is a truly affecting story laced with beauty and sadness that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

    Everyone with an interest in truth and human rights should read this book.

  3. Kate Adams

    A brilliant read. I consumed this novel in 3 days. It combines a poetic sensibility with an acute analysis of the political situation in Iran and the story of the human struggle to keep love and hope alive in extraordinarily difficult circumstances. A beautiful book, striking in its optimism and integrity which transcend the tragic aspects of the story.

    • Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes

      Many thanks for your review Kate. I am sure Nasrin will be happy with this. Consuelo

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