Contemporary Literature, Sochi, and Human Rights


Hi all —

You may be interested to observe that some 200 renowned authors from around the world (novelists, poets, playwrites) have signed a collective letter of protest against the Sochi Olympics, and Russia’s new censorship laws prohibiting “the propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” The letter was released today in the Guardian (U.K.), and you can see the signatories here. Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Franzen, John Ashbery. and on and on. Later in the semester we will be talking about the establishment of PEN.


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