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Theme: #1 2011



PEN/Opp grew out of a feeling of anger and frustration.

Text: Ola Larsmo July 07 2011

Imre Kertész on self-imposed exile and writing

In early March the Swedish publisher Svante Weyler and the filmmaker Håkan Pienowski went to Berlin to meet the writer and Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész. The meeting resulted in a short movie, produced...

Text: Svante Weyler July 07 2011

"Why are you following me?"

The Swedish PEN received a letter in May from the pseudonym ”Danlambao”, who wanted to tell us about the state of freedom of speech in Vietnam and one writer in particular, Bui Chat. You can read the...

Text: Danlambao July 07 2011

A letter to Ahmet

What is happening to freedom of speech in Turkey today? This is a question that the writer Çiğdem Mater raises in this letter to her friend and colleague, Ahmet Sik, who was arrested on March 3. She...

Text: Çiğdem Mater July 07 2011

Who dares to speak in Yemen?

The Yemeni journalist and blogger Afrah Nasser is today one of the Middle East's important voices. She has been named as one of the 10 most important bloggers in the Middle East by CNN. Ever since the...

Text: Afrah Nasser July 07 2011

Becoming An Insect

There are some things that can never be depicted in Zimbabwe; neither in journalism nor in fiction. But in this short story, a Zimbabwean writer writes under pseudonym about a historical case of...

Text: Keziboy July 07 2011

The ICORN-Relay – Anisur Rahman

There are currently 35 sanctuary writers throughout the world who have been forced to leave their countries because of persecution and harassment. We give some of them the opportunity to have their...

Text: Anisur Rahman July 06 2011