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Imprisoned, Threatened, Murdered, and Jailed Writers

( PEN International and Amnesty International )



Beyond Bars: 50 Years of the PEN Writers in Prison Committee
by

9780857028471Jo Glanville (Editor); Index on Censorship (Organization) Staff (Editor)Beyond Bars: 50 Years of the PEN Writers in Prison CommitteeThis issue of Index on Censorship magazine is available for purchase as an individual volume.From Russia to Burma to Mexico, writers are silenced for expressing their views. To mark fifty years of solidarity with imprisoned and persecuted writers around the world, English PEN and Index on Censorship are collaborating on this special issue, asking journalists, novelists, playwrights, poets and translators to assess what unique role writers can play in supporting their colleagues around the world. They look at the impact that imprisonment and persecution has on literature -- and ask what challenges writers continue to face today. Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Lydia Cacho and Maureen Freely. Index on Censorship is an award-winning magazine, devoted to protecting and promoting free expression. International in outlook, outspoken in comment, Index on Censorship reports on free expression violations around the world, publishes banned writing and shines a light on vital free expression issues through original, challenging and intelligent commentary and analysis, publishing some of the world's finest writers. Each issue is available for purchase separately, as well as on subscription. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PN494 .B49 2010




Using Life
by Ahmed Naji

9781477314807Ahmed Naji; Ayman Al Zorkany (Illustrator); Benjamin Koerber (Translator)Using LifeUpon its initial release in Arabic in the fall of 2014, Using Life received acclaim in Egypt and the wider Arab world. But in 2016, Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison after a reader complained that an excerpt published in a literary journal harmed public morality. His imprisonment marks the first time in modern Egypt that an author has been jailed for a work of literature. Writers and literary organizations around the world rallied to support Naji, and he was released in December 2016. His original conviction was overturned in May 2017 but, at the time of printing, he is awaiting retrial and banned from leaving Egypt. Set in modern-day Cairo, Using Life follows a young filmmaker, Bassam Bahgat, after a secret society hires him to create a series of documentary films about the urban planning and architecture of Cairo. The plot in which Bassam finds himself ensnared unfolds in the novel's unique mix of text and black-and-white illustrations. The Society of Urbanists, Bassam discovers, is responsible for centuries of world-wide conspiracies that have shaped political regimes, geographical boundaries, reigning ideologies, and religions. It is responsible for today's Cairo, and for everywhere else, too. Yet its methods are subtle and indirect: it operates primarily through manipulating urban architecture, rather than brute force. As Bassam immerses himself in the Society and its shadowy figures, he finds Cairo on the brink of a planned apocalypse, designed to wipe out the whole city and rebuild anew. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PJ7952.A38 I8813 2017
Publication Date:
2017




Ai Weiwei's blog : writings, interviews, and digital rants, 2006-2009
by Ai Weiwei

9780262015219Lee Ambrozy; Ai Weiwei; Lee Ambrozy (Editor, Translator)Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 Manifestos and immodest proposals from China's most famous artist and activist, culled from his popular blog, shut down by Chinese authorities in 2009. In 2006, even though he could barely type, China's most famous artist started blogging. For more than three years, Ai Weiwei turned out a steady stream of scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, and autobiographical writings. He wrote about the Sichuan earthquake (and posted a list of the schoolchildren who died because of the government's "tofu-dregs engineering"), reminisced about Andy Warhol and the East Village art scene, described the irony of being investigated for "fraud" by the Ministry of Public Security, made a modest proposal for tax collection. Then, on June 1, 2009, Chinese authorities shut down the blog. This book offers a collection of Ai's notorious online writings translated into English--the most complete, public documentation of the original Chinese blog available in any language. The New York Times called Ai "a figure of Warholian celebrity." He is a leading figure on the international art scene, a regular in museums and biennials, but in China he is a manifold and controversial presence: artist, architect, curator, social critic, justice-seeker. He was a consultant on the design of the famous "Bird's Nest" stadium but called for an Olympic boycott; he received a Chinese Contemporary Art "lifetime achievement award" in 2008 but was beaten by the police in connection with his "citizen investigation" of earthquake casualties in 2009. Ai Weiwei's Blog documents Ai's passion, his genius, his hubris, his righteous anger, and his vision for China. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
N7349 .A5 A35 2011




Midnight in Mexico : a reporter's journey through a country's descent into the darkness
by Alfredo Corchado

9780143125532Alfredo CorchadoMidnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into DarknessA crusading Mexican-American journalist searches for justice and hope in an increasingly violent Mexico In the last decade, more than 100,000 people have been killed or disappeared in the Mexican drug war, and drug trafficking there is a multibillion-dollar business. In a country where the powerful are rarely scrutinized, noted Mexican-American journalist Alfredo Corchado refuses to shrink from reporting on government corruption, murders in Juárez, or the ruthless drug cartels of Mexico. One night, Corchado received a tip that he could be the next target of the Zetas, a violent paramilitary group--and that he had twenty-four hours to find out if the threat was true. Midnight in Mexico is the story of one man's quest to report the truth of his country--as he races to save his own life. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HV5840.M4 C67 2014




Endgame
by Altan, Ahmet

9781443430951Ahmet AltanEndgameThe worldwide English debut of the million-copy-bestselling Turkish author Bestselling Turkish author Ahmet Altan released his new novel, Endgame, in 2013, and sold hundreds of thousands of copies within the first weeks of publication. His previous novel, The Longest Night, published nine years earlier, sold one million copies in Turkey alone. With this English-language publication of Endgame, HarperCollins joins with international publishers to bring this masterful novelist to English readers for the first time. In this sweeping story, a novelist travels to a small town near the coast to write a murder mystery and instead, through a series of twists and turns, becomes a murderer himself. Over the course of one night, he reveals what drove him to murder, including a love affair, a dangerous friendship with the town's mayor, and an unwitting involvement in the power struggle among the townsfolk who believe that treasure is buried in the nearby hills. As with all of Altan's work, the story is rife with fear, courage, evil, virtue, loyalty, betrayal, pleasure, sins, sex, dreams and solitude, all drawing us back to the power of the written word and the complexity of human relationships. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL248.A525 S6613 2016
Publication Date:
2016







Poems from Guantanamo
by Anthology

9781587296062Marc Falkoff (Editor); Flagg Miller (Preface by); Ariel Dorfman (Afterword by)Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees SpeakSince 2002, at least 775 men have been held in the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. According to Department of Defense data, fewer than half of them are accused of committing any hostile act against the United States or its allies. In hundreds of cases, even the circumstances of their initial detainment are questionable. This collection gives voice to the men held at Guantánamo. Available only because of the tireless efforts of pro bono attorneys who submitted each line to Pentagon scrutiny, Poems from Guantánamo brings together twenty-two poems by seventeen detainees, most still at Guantánamo, in legal limbo. If, in the words of Audre Lorde, poetry "forms the quality of light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change," these verses--some originally written in toothpaste, others scratched onto foam drinking cups with pebbles and furtively handed to attorneys--are the most basic form of the art. Death Poem by Jumah al Dossari Take my blood. Take my death shroud and The remnants of my body. Take photographs of my corpse at the grave, lonely. Send them to the world, To the judges and To the people of conscience, Send them to the principled men and the fair-minded. And let them bear the guilty burden before the world, Of this innocent soul. Let them bear the burden before their children and before history, Of this wasted, sinless soul, Of this soul which has suffered at the hands of the "protectors or peace." Jumah al Dossari is a thirty-three-year old Bahraini who has been held at Guantanamo Bay for more than five years. He has been in solitary confinement since the end of 2003 and, according to the U.S. military, has tried to kill himself twelve times while in custody. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PJ7694.E3 P56 2007




1000 lashes : because I say what I think
by Badawi, Raif

9781771642095Raif Badawi; Constantin Schreiber (Editor); Ahmed Danny Ramadan (Translator); Lawrence M. Krauss (Foreword by)1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think"Raif Badawi's is an important voice for all of us to hear" -- Salman Rushdie Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, shared his thoughts on politics, religion, and liberalism online. He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in prison, and a fine of 1 million Saudi Riyal, over a quarter of a million U.S. dollars. This politically topical polemic gathers together Badawi's pivotal texts. He expresses his opinions on life in an autocratic-Islamic state under the Sharia and his perception of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, tolerance and the necessary separation of state and religion. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HV6295.S29 B3313 2015










Instructions within
by Fayadh, Ashraf

9780986050572Ashraf FayadhInstructions WithinPoetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Art. Translated from the Arabic by Mona Kareem, with Mona Zaki, and Jonathan Wright; and with Ammiel Alcalay, Pierre Joris and Lynne DeSilva-Johnson assisting/editing. Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award for poetry. The Operating System is honored to publish the first Arabic-English full translation of Ashraf Fayadh's singular volume of poetry, INSTRUCTIONS WITHIN, which was published by the Beirut- based Dar al-Farabi in 2008 and later banned from distribution in Saudi Arabia. This special edition includes two paintings by Ashraf Fayadh on its front and back covers, and is right bound, asking the reader to consider their estrangement from Arabic language, literature, and life, inviting a new relationship to begin to form. The Operating System will donate proceeds from sales of this book to support Fayadh's ongoing case for his release from imprisonment for apostasy as a response to these very verses in Saudi Arabia. "Why do you need to read this book in America today? Because a US journalist asked if it really was worth it to write poems that might get you killed. Because Ashraf Fayadh, as poet, artist and human being, is being jailed and tortured for doing his job, that is for daring to expose & deride the two-headed Moloch governing the country he lives in (Saudi Arabia) and ours (these States): Fundamentalist religion & oil-money. Because Ashraf Fayadh is inventing a needed poetics to break not only those taboos but also the shackles of standard Arab poetics, freeing the language--& a freed language is needed for free thinking. Because his own exile (he is of Palestinian extraction) is so absolute that it does not fit the traditional nostalgic poetics of exile & searches for a new way of saying a new & wilder dislocation. Because this exile is so close to all of our own dislocations, even as, smugly ensconced in our North American bunker, we don't see that the same future is awaiting us. Because he wrote: 'I am Hell's experiment on planet Earth.'"--Pierre Joris "Palestinian poet, artist and cultural activist Ashraf Fayadh reminds us, through his life and work, that blasphemy (for which he has been sentenced to 8 years in prison and 800 lashes) is still a crime in Saudi Arabia, but also that poetry is powerful against the criminal madness of a deranged state: '...these pages have exhausted all languages known to earth / ...to offer a name that matches your definition of self / your name-like an inkwell pregnant with possibilities.' The Operating System does us an extraordinary service by making this magnificent poet's voice available. Read Fayadh to understand what we are fighting against, and for!"--Margaret Randall "Just a few years before his death, the great poet Amiri Baraka railed against what he saw as a poetry of complacency, of 'the indoors,' and harkened back to those of his generation (and older), 'who actually worked to register some understanding of 'the great outdoors' i.e., the real world.' It is with more than some irony that we here, in the belly of the imperial beast, must seek such poetry of 'the great outdoors' from someone like Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Like the real world, Fayadh's poems are dizzying in their associations and resonance, recalling echoes of lines from different times, languages, and circumstances, from revery to exile, from brutality to utmost tenderness. Poet and artist Etel Adnan once wrote that 'Palestine is a land planted / by eyes refusing to be closed.' The poetry of Ashraf Fayadh, in a dream state of vigilance, attention, and horror, forces us to look at the world we actually inhabit, in all its glory and horror."--Ammiel Alcalay - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PJ7561 .F39 2016
Publication Date:
2016




Raif Badawi, the voice of freedom : my husband, our story
by Haidar, Ensaf

9781590518014Ensaf Haidar; Andrea Claudia HoffmannRaif Badawi: the Voice of Freedom: My Husband, Our StoryA powerful first-person account of Ensaf Haidar's life wither her husband, Saudi Arabian social activist Raif Badawi, and her worldwide campaign to free him from imprisonment   Ensaf Haidar's unforgettable account of her marriage to imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi tells the story of the survival of their love against all odds, and of her courageous fight for her husband's freedom. When Ensaf and Raif married in 2002 they shed tears of joy; they had overcome the resistance of her family and the rigid conventions of Saudi Arabian culture, and their battle to be together was finally won. But an even greater challenge lay ahead. After the romance of their clandestine courtship, the triumph of their wedding day, and the ups and downs of married life, Ensaf discovers that Raif is becoming active in the liberal movement. Their partnership grows stronger as Raif works tirelessly, daring to question the social order of Saudi Arabia -- until his activities attract the attention of the religious police. With Raif under increasing surveillance, Ensaf reluctantly accepts exile as the only way to protect their three young children, hoping that Raif will soon join them. But Raif's arrest and subsequent sentence -- to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes -- change everything. Ensaf must take up the fight for her husband's life, galvanizing global support and campaigning for his freedom -- and their right to be reunited as a family again. This profoundly moving memoir is both a love story and an inspiring account of the making of not one but two heroic human rights activists. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
DS244.526.B33 H35 2016
Publication Date:
2016




Sexuality in Muslim contexts : restrictions and resistance
by Hoodfar, Homa

9781780322865Anissa Hélie (Editor); Homa Hoodfar (Editor)Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and ResistanceThis groundbreaking book explores resistance against the harsh policing of sexuality in some Muslim societies. Many Muslim majority countries still use religious discourse to enforce stigmatization and repression of those, especially women, who do not conform to sexual norms promoted either by the state or by non-state actors. In this context, Islam is often stigmatized in Western discourse for being intrinsically restrictive with respect to women's rights and sexuality.The authors show that conservative Muslim discourse does not necessarily match practices of believers or of citizens and that women's empowerment is facilitated where indigenous and culturally appropriate strategies are developed. Using case studies from Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, China, Bangladesh, Israel and India, they argue persuasively that Muslim religious traditions do not necessarily lead to conservative agendas but can promote emancipatory standpoints.An intervention to the construction of 'Muslim women' as uniformly subordinate, this collection spearheads an unprecedented wake of organizing around sexualities in Muslim communities. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HQ18.I74 S49 2012







Jewher Ilham : a Uyghur's fight to free her Father
by Ilham, Jewher

9781608011056Jewher Ilham; Adam Braver; Ashley Barton; Sherrod Brown (Foreword by)Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur Daughter's Fight to Free Her FatherWhen Jewher Ilham's father, Ilham Tohti, was detained at the Beijing airport in February 2013 on charges of "separatism," Jewher had two choices: she could stay in China or fly to America alone. Jewher boarded the plane for Indiana and began a new life apart from her family and was half a world away when her father was sentenced to life in prison. Through a series of interviews with novelist Adam Braver and scholar Ashley Barton, Jewher recounted her father's nightmare and her own transition from student to eloquent advocate for the Uyghur people. The resulting book, Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur's Fight to Free Her Father, is an intimate, exclusive portrait that U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown calls "proof that Jewher and her people will not be silenced." - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
DS731.U4 I54 2015
Publication Date:
2015







This is not a film
by Jafar Panahi

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Call Number:
Video: DS318.84.P36 T45 2012










In the shadow of a saint
by Ken Wiwa

9780676973105Ken WiwaIn the Shadow of a SaintIn late 1995, the little-known Ogoni region in Nigeria became a fable for our times. Ken Saro-Wiwa, a renowned poet and environmentalist, was campaigning to protect his Ogoni people against the encroachments of Shell Oil and a brutal dictatorship. He was imprisoned, tortured, brought to trial on trumped-up charges, and executed. At the heart of the public campaign to save Ken Saro-Wiwa was another Ken Wiwa--the author's son--who travelled the world lobbying world leaders and mobilizing public opinion, so that his father was recognized as a hero and a symbol of the struggle for environmental justice. The Saro-Wiwa name became global currency for righteousness. Ken Wiwa has embarked on a book that tells the story--from a human, anecdotal perspective--of what it means to grow up as a child in the shadow of such extraordinary men and women. In the end, it's about Ken's attempts to make peace with himself and his father--following his journey as he reaches toward a final rendezvous with the father who was snatched by the hangman. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
DT515.45 .O33 W58 2001




Prison writings : my life is my sundance
by Leonard Peltier

9780312263805Leonard F. Peltier; Harvey Arden (Editor); Ramsey Clark (Preface by); Chief Arvol Looking Horse (Introduction by); Leonard PeltierPrison Writings: My Life Is My Sun DanceEdited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier received a life sentence for the murder of two FBI agents. He has affirmed his innocence ever since--his case was made fully and famously in Peter Matthiessen's bestselling In the Spirit of Crazy Horse --and many remain convinced he was wrongly convicted. Prison Writings is a wise and unsettling book, both memoir and manifesto, chronicling his life in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. Invoking the Sun Dance, in which pain leads one to a transcendent reality, Peltier explores his suffering and the insights it has borne him. He also locates his experience within the history of the American Indian peoples and their struggles to overcome the federal government's injustices. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E99.O3 P45 1999







Slavery Inc. : the untold story of international sex trafficking
by Lydia Cacho

9781619022966Lydia Cacho; Roberto Saviano (Translator); Elizabeth Boburg (Translator)Slavery Inc: The Untold Story of International Sex TraffickingIllegal, inhuman, and impervious to recession, there is one trade that continues to thrive, just out of sight. The international sex trade criss-crosses the entire globe, a sinister network made up of criminal masterminds, local handlers, corrupt policemen, willfully blind politicians, eager consumers, and countless hapless women and children. In this ground-breaking work of investigative reporting, the celebrated journalist Lydia Cacho follows the trail of the traffickers and their victims from Mexico to Turkey, Thailand to Iraq, Georgia to the UK, to expose the trade's hidden links with the tourist industry, internet pornography, drugs and arms smuggling, the selling of body organs, money laundering, and even terrorism. This is an underground economy in which a sex slave can be bought for the price of a gun, but Cacho's powerful first-person interviews with mafiosi, pimps, prostitutes, and those who managed to escape from captivity makes it impossible to ignore the terrible human cost of this lucrative exchange. Shocking and sobering, Slavery Inc , is an exceptional book, both for the colossal scope of its enquiry, and for the tenacious bravery with which Cacho pursues the truth. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HQ281 .C3313 2014




Is journalism worth dying for? : final dispatches
by Politkovskaya, Anna

9781935554400Anna Politkovskaya; Arch Tait (Translator)Is Journalism Worth Dying For?: Final DispatchesA collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murder Anna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. Is Journalism Worth Dying For? is a long-awaited collection of her final writing. Beginning with a brief introduction by the author about her pariah status, the book contains essays that characterize the self-effacing Politkovskaya more fully than she allowed in her other books. From deeply personal statements about the nature of journalism, to horrendous reports from Chechnya, to sensitive pieces of memoir, to, finally, the first translation of the series of investigative reports that Politkovskaya was working on at the time of her murder--pieces many believe led to her assassination. Elsewhere, there are illuminating accounts of encounters with leaders including Lionel Jospin, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, and such exiled figures as Boris Berezovsky, Akhmed Zakaev,  Vladimir Bukovsky. Additional sections collect Politkovskaya's non-political writing, revealing her delightful wit, deep humanity, and willingness to engage with the unfamiliar, as well as her deep regrets about the fate of Russia. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
DK510.763 .P65413 2011




Putin's Russia : life in a failing democracy
by Politkovskaya, Anna

9780805079302Anna PolitkovskayaPutin's Russia: Life in a Failing DemocracyA searing portrait of a country in disarray and of the man at its helm, from "the bravest of Russianjournalists" (The New York Times) Hailed as "a lone voice crying out in a moral wilderness" (New Statesman), Anna Politkovskaya made her name with her fearless reporting on the war in Chechnya. Now she turns her steely gaze on the multiple threats to Russian stability, among them Vladimir Putin himself. Rich with characters and poignant accounts, Putin's Russia depicts a far-reaching state of decay. Politkovskaya describes an army in which soldiers die from malnutrition, parents must pay bribes to recover their dead sons' bodies, and conscripts are even hired out as slaves. She exposes rampant corruption in business, government, and the judiciary, where everything from store permits to bus routes to court appointments is for sale. And she offers a scathing condemnation of the ongoing war in Chechnya, where kidnappings, extra-judicial killings, rape, and torture are begetting terrorism rather than fighting it. Finally, Politkovskaya denounces both Putin, for stifling civil liberties as he pushes the country back to a Soviet-style dictatorship, and the West, for its unqualified embrace of the Russian leader. Sounding an urgent alarm, Putin's Russia is a gripping portrayal of a country in crisis and the testament of a great and intrepid reporter. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
DK510.763 .P65213 2005













Shame
by Taslima Nasrin

9781573921657Taslima Nasrin; Kankabati Datta (Translator)Shame: A NovelNot since Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses has the publication of a book provoked such mob violence, public outcries for the arrest and death of the author, and international efforts to secure her safety. The animosity and bloodletting between Muslim and Hindu extremists on the Indian subcontinent is centuries old. When the Barbri Mosque at Ayodhya, India, was destroyed by Hindu fundamentalists on December 6, 1992, fierce mob reprisals took place against the Hindu minority in Muslim Bangladesh. These incidents form the backdrop for Dr. Taslima Nasrin's explosive and courageous book, Shame , describing the nightmarish fate of one family within her country's small Hindu community. Her book so angered Muslim leaders that a fatwa , or holy judgment, was invoked, offering thousands of dollars to anyone who would kill her. The Soldiers of Islam accused her of "blasphemy and conspiracy against Islam," while the Bengali government charged her with sacrilege merely for saying that the Koran should be revised. After months in hiding, Dr. Nasrin escaped to Sweden with the aid of American, French, and European Union authorities. Her commitment to eliminating religious extremism worldwide is stated in her preface to Shame : "The disease of religious fundamentalism must be fought at every turn. I will continue to write and protest persecution and discrimination. I am convinced that the only way the fundamentalist forces can be stopped is if all of us join together to fight their malignant influence. I, for one, will not be silenced." - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PK1730.3.A65 L3513 1997












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The writers on this list have been featured by human rights and free speech organizations such as Amnesty International and PEN America / PEN International. In most cases the writings have been suppressed by government agents or through less official measures such as intimidation, threats, exile, or even murder.

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