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's work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tony Award), Jumpers, Travesties (Tony Award), Night and Day, After Margritte, The Real Thing (Tony Award), Enter a Free Man, Hapgood, Arcadia (Evening Standard Award, The Oliver Award and the Critics Award), Indian Ink (a stage adaptation of his own play, In the Native State) and The Invention of Love.


"An invaluable anthology. . . . The individuals in this anthology . . . tell stories so vital and impassioned that we are moved to become lecteurs engagรฉs, 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 Baraheniโ€™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