Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Letters and Arts
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Four Cases of Violence against Writers: Salman Rushdie, Ashraf Fayadh, Meral Șimșek, and Nedim Türfent – Languages of Truth
Abstract: The article examines some cases of violence against writers in Turkey, in Saudi Arabia, and in the United States. Using as starting point Salman Rushdie’s essays from Languages of Truth, as well as his atrocious experience of the attack against him in August 2022, the article moves on to examine the examples of other writers abused not by attackers, but by governments, whose violence is more often than that of the isolated agressors. The article also documents the instrumental assistance offered to these abused writers by PEN International and its branches.
Keywords: PEN International, Salman Rushdie, Ashraf Fayadh, Meral Șimșek, Nedim Türfent, PEN Romania, violence against writers
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