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Imprisoned, Threatened, Murdered, and Jailed Writers

( PEN International and Amnesty International )



Using Life
by Ahmed Naji

Upon 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.
Call Number:
ONLINE and PJ7952.A38 I8813 2017
Publication Date:
2017




Endgame
by Ahmet Altan

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Call Number:
PL248.A525 S6613 2016
Publication Date:
2016




I Will Never See the World Again : The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer
by Ahmet Altan

A resilient Turkish writer's inspiring account of his imprisonment that provides crucial insight into political censorship amidst the global rise of authoritarianism. The destiny I put down in my novel has become mine. I am now under arrest like the hero I created years ago. … I suffer the pathetic torment of profound helplessness, just as he did… .Novelist Ahmet Altan is one of many writers persecuted by Recep Tayyip Erdoan's oppressive regime. In this extraordinary memoir, written from his prison cell, Altan reflects upon his sentence, on a life whittled down to a courtyard covered by bars, and on the hope and solace a writer's mind can provide, even in the darkest places. Best Book of the Year, Bloomberg News.
Call Number:
ONLINE and PL248.A525 A6 2019
Publication Date:
2019




Like a Sword Wound
by Ahmet Altan

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Call Number:
MULTICULTURAL / INTERNATIONAL ALTAN 2018
Publication Date:
2018




Ai Weiwei : Yours truly : art, human rights, and the power of writing a letter
by Ai Weiwei

"Five former prisoners and their loved ones reflect on the experience of receiving hundreds of postcards while imprisoned." Ai Weiwei, is an internationally known Chinese artist, and government critic. In 2009 he was briefly detained and severely beaten by security officials. Again in 2011, following persistent harassment from the authorities, Ai Weiwei was detained for 81 days without charge as part of a wider crackdown on 130 activists detained in February. He has lived outside of China since 2015 and has recreated a full-size replica of his cell as an artwork exhibited around the world. He continues to speak out for individuals whose freedom of expression is at risk.
Call Number:
ONLINE and N7349.A5 A79 2018
Publication Date:
2018




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

"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 ... Then, on June 1, 2009, Chinese authorities shut down the blog."
Call Number:
ONLINE and N7349 .A5 A35 2011




Weiwei-Isms
by Ai Weiwei

The short quotations presented here have been carefully selected from articles, tweets, and interviews given by this acclaimed Chinese artist and activist. The book is organized into six categories: freedom of expression; art and activism; government, power, and moral choices; the digital world; history, the historical moment, and the future; and personal reflections. Together, these quotes span some of the most revealing moments of Ai Weiwei's eventful career--from his risky investigation into student deaths in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to his arbitrary arrest in 2011.
Call Number:
ONLINE ONLY




Farewell, Aylis : a non-traditional novel in three works
by Akram A-lisli

Since the publication of his novella, Stone Dreams, in 2012, writer Akram Aylisli has been subject to an officially-sanctioned harassment campaign. On March 30, 2016, on his way to speak at a literary festival in Italy, he was detained at the airport. He was later charged with hooliganism and resisting the authorities with violence, a charge that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison. He is currently living under de facto house arrest in Baku, Azerbaijan, awaiting possible trial. (PEN America)
Call Number:
ONLINE and PL314.A46 A2 2018
Publication Date:
2018







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

A 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. … 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.
Call Number:
ONLINE and DK510.763 .P65413 2011




Instructions within
by Ashraf Fayadh

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Call Number:
PJ7561 .F39 2016
Publication Date:
2016




The city in crimson cloak
by Asli Erdogan

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Call Number:
PL248.E657 K5713 2007
Publication Date:
2007




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

"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.
Call Number:
ONLINE and HV6295.S29 B3313 2015







We are Arrested: A Journalist's Notes from a Turkish Prison
by Can Dündar

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Call Number:
ONLINE and PN5355.T82 D8613 2016
Publication Date:
2016




Unbridled : a novel
by Dibia, Jude

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Call Number:
PR9387.9.D54 U53 2008
Publication Date:
2008




Walking With Shadows
by Dibia, Jude

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Call Number:
PR9387.9.D54 W35 2005
Publication Date:
2005




Poems from Guantanamo
by Falkoff, Marc

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Call Number:
ONLINE and PJ7694.E3 P56 2007







The essentials of the Islamic faith
by Gülen, Fethullah

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Call Number:
BP165.5 .G8513 2010
Publication Date:
2010




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

This book is not a banned book but tells the story of Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger who was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1000 lashes for "insulting Islam" for "creating an online forum for public debate". (Amnesty International)
Call Number:
DS244.526.B33 H35 2016
Publication Date:
2016




Sexuality in Muslim contexts : restrictions and resistance
by Homa Hoodfar

Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian-Iranian citizen and professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, was arrested in Iran on June 6, 2016 following months of questioning. She was held incommunicado for more than 3 months prior to her release. Dr Homa Hoodfar is a prominent scholar and anthropologist whose decades-long teaching and research activities relate to development, culture, gender, and electoral politics. She has written and co-authored a number of books, including: Between Marriage and the Market: Intimate Politics and Survival in Cairo (Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies); Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women; and Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance. (Amnesty International)
Call Number:
ONLINE and HQ18.I74 S49 2012




Women's sport as politics in Muslim contexts
by Homa Hoodfar

Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian-Iranian citizen and professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, was arrested in Iran on June 6, 2016 following months of questioning. She was held incommunicado for more than 3 months prior to her release. Dr Homa Hoodfar is a prominent scholar and anthropologist whose decades-long teaching and research activities relate to development, culture, gender, and electoral politics. She has written and co-authored a number of books, including: Between Marriage and the Market: Intimate Politics and Survival in Cairo (Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies); Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women; and Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance. (Amnesty International)
Call Number:
GV709.18.I74 H76 2015




aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
by Howard Brenton

A timely play based on the true story of an imprisoned Nobel Laureate. On 3 April 2011, as he was boarding a flight to Taipei, the Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei was arrested at Beijing Airport. Advised merely that his travel "could damage state security", he was escorted to a van by officials after which he disappeared for 81 days. On his release, the government claimed that his imprisonment related to tax evasion. NOTE: This book was not challenged or banned. However, It describes the arrest and imprisonment of an author who was persecuted for his writing. ACCESS EBOOK HERE: https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.libproxy.gc.maricopa.edu/lib/gcclibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1205116
Call Number:
ONLINE
Publication Date:
2013










This is not a film
by Jafar Panahi

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










Sozaboy
by Ken Saro-Wiwa

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Call Number:
PR9387.9.S27 S68 1994




The Journey of Liu Xiaobo : From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate
by Leedom-Ackerman

Not a banned / challenged book but tells the story of Liu Xiaobo, a world-renowned Chinese writer and political activist who was imprisoned for his political writings. (Amnesty International)
Call Number:
ONLINE







No enemies, no hatred : selected essays and poems
by Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo is a world-renowned writer and political activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Liu Xiaobo played an instrumental role in the 1989 pro-democracy movement, for which he spent 2 years in prison; and was then imprisoned again because of his political writings from 1996  1999. In 2008 Liu Xiaobo contributed to the Charter 08 manifesto which called for political change in China. He was detained in December 2008, and sentenced to 11 years in prison for incitement to subvert state power. He died in prison at the age of 61.
Call Number:
ONLINE and PL2879 .X53 A2 2012













Shame
by Nsarina, Tasalim

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Call Number:
PK1730.3.A65 L3513 1997






















Steel gate to freedom : the life of Liu Xiaobo
by Yu, Jie

Not a banned / challenged book but tells the story of Liu Xiaobo, a world-renowned Chinese writer and political activist who was imprisoned for his political writings. (Amnesty International)
Call Number:
CT1828.L595 Y82513 2015
Publication Date:
2015









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Award Description
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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