Writers Under Siege: Voices of Freedom from Around the World

Carole Seymour-Jones (Editor) Lucy Popescu (Editor)
& 1 more

Product Details

New York University Press
Publish Date
September 01, 2007
5.12 X 0.73 X 7.66 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Carole Seymour-Jones is Chair of PEN's Writers in Prison Committee. She is the author of Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T.S. Eliot. Tom Stoppard is a playwright. Among his many plays are Arcadia and The Real Thing.
Lucy Popescu has worked with PEN's Writers in Prison Committee for more than fifteen years. She writes a regular column for Literary Review.
Tom Stoppard was born Tomás Straüssler in Zlin, Czechoslovakia in 1937 and moved to England with his family in 1946. Catapulted into the front ranks of modern playwrights overnight when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opened in London in 1967, he has become recognized as a contemporary comic master, the brilliantly acclaimed author of The Real Inspector Hound, Enter a Free Man, Albert's Bridge, After Magritte, Travesties, Dirty Linen, Jumpers, New-Found-Land, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Artist Descending a Staircase, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia (Voyage, Shipwreck, and Salvage), and Rock 'n' Roll. He has also written a number of screenplays, including The Romantic Englishwoman, Despair, and Brazil. In 2017, he was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.


"An invaluable anthology. . . . The individuals in this anthology . . . tell stories so vital and impassioned that we are moved to become lecteurs engagés, moved not merely by their writing but by their courage and conviction of the their lives."--BookForum
"This anthology is essential reading for anyone who has ever been moved by the written word. The authors of these pieces have one thing in common. They have all been coerced into not writing. This means that not only do they have powerful stories to tell, but that when, thanks very often to the work of organizations like PEN, they are eventually allowed to tell them, the result is spare, powerful writing, which jolts and challenges our prejudices and assumptions."--Michael Palin, author of numerous travel books, including Around the World in 80 Days
"As an act of commemoration, as well as a sobering reminder of the world in which writers are frequently and all too easilysilenced, this is an exceptional anthology."--Publishers Weekly
"Engrossing. Reza Baraheni’s piece is simply electric and others, such as Ken Saro-Wiwas letters, deeply moving. More than anything the collection stands as a testament of courage and a clarion call to recognize free expression for what it really is a basic human right."--Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane