The Day of the Nation

In 2012, activist and blogger Raif Badawi was convicted for ‘insulting Islam through electronic channels’. He was sentenced to a fine of one million riyals (£175,000), ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes. To mark Saudi Arabia’s national day (23 September), here is an extract from Badawi’s forthcoming book.

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An enigma called money

Translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor. I have never seen any difference between personal experience and fiction. We never invent as much as when we are recounting what has happened to us. What is ‘lived experience’ if not debatable traces, fantasies, false memories, lacunae we fill with realism or fables? Strictly speaking, my project…

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