Translation, Revolution, and Pedagogy

Following her appearance at the Literary Translation Centre for London Book Fair 2013, Samia Mehrez writes about working collaboratively on the book Translating Egypt’s Revolution: The Language of Tahrir, which uses multiple perspectives to translate the linguistic and cultural meanings of the momentous events in her country

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The Silk Road

In the run-up to London Book Fair 2013, for which Turkey is the market focus, Murathan Mungan writes for PEN Atlas about how East and West view each other, what Henry James could have learnt from Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil and the building of a new Tower of Babel

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Literature rises in the East

Ayfer Tunç writes for PEN Atlas ab0ut the importance of looking past the clichés so that Turkish literature is seen in the context of World Literature. This is the first in a series of reports from Turkey, a focus both for London Book Fair, and for English PEN.

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بالدم تُكتب ثقافة سوريا الجديدة

 لا يمكن الحديث عن الثقافة السورية دون الحديث عن دور الثورة السورية التي قامت بهدم البنية القديمة لهذه الثقافة، وبداية إنتاج قيم جديدة لثقافة سورية جديدة تنتظر نهاية المرحلة الدموية من الثورة لتبدأ بالاستقرار، وهذه القيم الجديدة متنوعة ويجري اختبارها كل يوم. رغم الدماء وقوافل الشهداء وتدمير المدن من قبل النظام بصواريخ السكود والطائرات الحربية…

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Geography of Secrets

Nihad Sirees, author of the PEN Award-winning The Silence and the Roar, writes for PEN Atlas about his memories of growing up in Aleppo, Syria, and the way his sensual memories of the past now struggle with the violence and horror of the present

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