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That night her uncle tells her the story of how he had come to be imprisoned. Anoosh’s Uncle Fereydoon had stood up to the Shah and had proclaimed independence in the province of Azerbaijan. Fereydoon had become the minister of justice. Anoosh had similar political ideas as his uncle, but Anoosh’s father had remained loyal to the Shah. Anoosh had become Fereydoon’s secretary but one day he had come to work to find that the Shah’s soldiers had arrested Fereydoon. Anoosh had run away to his family’s home and had arrived at his parents’ doorstep half dead from his journey. His father had welcomed him back, but the Shah’s police had still been on his trail. Anoosh had learned that Fereydoon had given himself over the Shah instead of running away. In prison, his girlfriend had come to him and they had made a baby in order to have a “living memory,” but she had left for Switzerland soon after.