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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 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.[<a href="https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.libproxy.gc.maricopa.edu/lib/gcclibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=5181672">LINK To EBOOK ONLINE</a>]
Call Number:
ONLINE and PJ7952.A38 I8813 2017
Publication Date:
2017




Endgame
by Ahmet Altan

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

Best Book of the Year - Bloomberg News 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 await the decision that will determine my future, just as he awaited his. I am unaware of my destiny, which has perhaps already been decided, just as he was unaware of his. I suffer the pathetic torment of profound helplessness, just as he did. Like a cursed oracle, I foresaw my future years ago not knowing that it was my own. Confined in a cell four meters long, imprisoned on absurd, Kafkaesque charges, 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. [<a href="https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.libproxy.gc.maricopa.edu/lib/gcclibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=6071685>LINK TO EBOOK ONLINE</a>]
Call Number:
ONLINE and PL248.A525 A6 2019
Publication Date:
2019




Like a Sword Wound
by Ahmet Altan

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

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

Call Number:
ONLINE and N7349 .A5 A35 2011




Weiwei-Isms
by Ai Weiwei

This collection of quotes demonstrates the elegant simplicity of Ai Weiwei's thoughts on key aspects of his art, politics, and life. A master at communicating powerful ideas in astonishingly few words, Ai Weiwei is known for his innovative use of social media to disseminate his views. 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--providing a window into the mind of one of the world's most electrifying and courageous contemporary artists. Select Quotes from the Book: On Freedom of Expression ,,, [<a href="https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.libproxy.gc.maricopa.edu/lib/gcclibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1042918">LINK TO EBOOK</a>]
Call Number:
ONLINE ONLY




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

Call Number:
ONLINE and PL314.A46 A2 2018
Publication Date:
2018




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

Call Number:
HV5840.M4 C67 2014




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. 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.[<a href="https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.libproxy.gc.maricopa.edu/lib/gcclibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=6081905>LINK TO ONLINE EBOOK</a>]
Call Number:
ONLINE and DK510.763 .P65413 2011




Instructions within
by Ashraf Fayadh

Call Number:
PJ7561 .F39 2016
Publication Date:
2016




The city in crimson cloak
by Asli Erdogan

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 Badawis 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.[<a href="https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.libproxy.gc.maricopa.edu/lib/gcclibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=2083214">LINK TO ONLINE EBOOK</a>]
Call Number:
ONLINE and HV6295.S29 B3313 2015




Mischief Festival : we are arrested
by Can Dündar

Call Number:
PR1272.2 .M573 2018
Publication Date:
2018




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

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




Unbridled : a novel
by Dibia, Jude

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




Walking With Shadows
by Dibia, Jude

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




Poems from Guantanamo
by Falkoff, Marc

Call Number:
ONLINE and PJ7694.E3 P56 2007




Reflections on the Qur'n : commentaries on selected verses
by Gülen, Fethullah

Call Number:
BP130.4 .G84813 2012
Publication Date:
2012




The essentials of the Islamic faith
by Gülen, Fethullah

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




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

Call Number:
DS244.526.B33 H35 2016
Publication Date:
2016




Sexuality in Muslim contexts : restrictions and resistance
by Homa Hoodfar

Call Number:
ONLINE and HQ18.I74 S49 2012




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

Call Number:
GV709.18.I74 H76 2015




#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
by Howard Brenton

Link to EBOOK
Call Number:
ONLINE
Publication Date:
2013




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

Call Number:
DS731.U4 I54 2015
Publication Date:
2015




Il cerchio = The circle
by Jafar Panahi

Call Number:
Video: PN1997 .C43 2001




This is not a film
by Jafar Panahi

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




A month and a day & letters
by Ken Saro Wiwa

Call Number:
HV9865.5.S37 A3 2012, GCC




Silence would be treason : last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa
by Ken Saro-Wiwa

Call Number:
PR9387.9.S27 A67 2013




Sozaboy
by Ken Saro-Wiwa

Call Number:
PR9387.9.S27 S68 1994




Prison writings : my life is my sundance
by Leonard Peltier

Call Number:
E99.O3 P45 1999




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

Call Number:
ONLINE and PL2879 .X53 A2 2012




Writers under siege : voices of freedom from around the world : a PEN antholog
by Lucy Popescu

Call Number:
PN6014 .W695 2007
Publication Date:
2007




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

Call Number:
ONLINE and HQ281 .C3313 2014




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

Call Number:
PN494 .B49 2010




Shame
by Nsarina, Tasalim

Call Number:
PK1730.3.A65 L3513 1997




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

Call Number:
DK510.763 .P65213 2005




The white meadows
by Rasoulof, Mohammad

Call Number:
Video: PN1997.2 .K4748 2012




"Charlie Hebdo" : les 1000 unes : 1992-2011
by Riss

Call Number:
PN6231.S2 C53 2011




Enchantress of Florence : a novel
by Salman Rushdie

Call Number:
PR6068.U757 E53 2008




Satanic verses : a novel
by Salman Rushdie

Call Number:
PR6068.U757 S28 1997




Le fric c'est capital
by Tignous

Call Number:
NC1499.T54 A4 2015




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

Call Number:
CT1828.L595 Y82513 2015
Publication Date:
2015









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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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