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Journey of a Thousand Storms - Kooshyar Karimi

Journey of a Thousand Storms

Paperback Published: 13th June 2016
ISBN: 9780670079407
Number Of Pages: 272

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In Journey of a Thousand Storms Dr Kooshyar Karimi, author of Leila's Secret, tells his gripping personal story of surviving prison in Iran and life as a refugee before finding success in Australia.

Kooshyar Karimi had two careers in Iran, one as a doctor and one as an award-winning translator. Until he was kidnapped by the Intelligence Service.

Behind his professional success, Kooshyar was a rebel on several fronts. Marginalised since boyhood as a Jew in a fundamentalist Islamic state, he was a member of a political group that opposed the government. He'd also been using his medical skills illegally, to save unmarried pregnant women from death by stoning.

Snatched from the street by the secret service, he was jailed and tortured and then forced to spy for the regime, before finally escaping to Turkey. There he faced a whole new struggle to keep his family safe while awaiting refugee status from the UN. He was forbidden to work and at the mercy of corrupt police, con men and red tape. Then life became more dangerous still, when the Intelligence Service tracked him down and used his mother, back in Iran, as blackmail.

Kooshyar's inspiring story of how he managed to forge a new life in Australia is heightened by his largeness of heart, strength of character, and insight into human behaviour, from the unfathomably evil to the selflessly kind. With the skill of a natural storyteller, Journey of a Thousand Storms recounts a life of endurance, compassion and gritty determination.

About the Author

Kooshyar Karimi was born in Tehran and now lives in Sydney. He is the author of several books on Iranian, Chinese and Assyrian myths and history, one of which was banned from publication by the Iranian government. His memoir I Confess: Revelations in Exile was published in Australia in 2012. He is also an award-winning translator of Gore Vidal, Kahlil Gibran and Adrian Berry, among others.

Industry Reviews

'A masterpiece of moral impossibilities and climactic suspense.' Bob Brown

'Remarkable . . . Karimi earns our trust through his experiences and his sympathy with the plight of the marginalised.' Owen Richardson, Saturday Age

'A profoundly moving story, beautifully told with extraordinary insight, and filling us with awe at the strength of the author's moral courage.' Robin de Crespigny, author of The People Smuggler

Gaining an insight into the plight of refugees.


This book was hard to put down. I kept it beside me reading whenever I had a spare minute or two.

St Helens Tasmania


Not a Page-Turner


This book was very slow and pedestrian.



Great book, amazing story. Highly recommended


enjoyed reading so much,, bought it for gift as well!






Strathalbyn Au


A thought-provoking page turner


A story where you feel that you're there at every twist and turn. An insight into a refugee's journey that leaves the reader feeling hopeful.




4.0 5


ISBN: 9780670079407
ISBN-10: 0670079405
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th June 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1