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“But this Eid al-Fitr, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji remains in prison on his three-year sentence; Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh remains in prison in Saudi Arabia, serving his eight-year, 800-lash sentence; Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour remains under house arrest…”
“Excerpts of Naji’s novel in the original Arabic, as well as French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Slovenian, German, and Finnish.”
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Egyptian novelist Youssef Ziedan made a widely shared statement on Facebook yesterday: He will suspend “any cultural action or interaction in Egypt and the Arab world.”
Yesterday was PEN’s “Day of the Imprisoned Writer,” and they recognized five imprisoned writers. Today we remember five others.