PEN America Blog
When I tell people about my impending trip, I try to avoid the word “Africa,” though I can’t explain why. I am struck by the timidity, the lack of specificity of the euphemism I adopt: “I got a grant to spend a month in Ethiopia,” I say. “Have you ever been to that part of the world?”
Ghost towns, devastated forests, fire-ravaged fruit groves, refugees in their millions, deaths in their hundreds of thousands, a raging war and a future without prospects. This, in a nutshell, is the Syrian tragedy.
In honor of Thanksgiving this week, we asked PEN staff and interns, "For what book are you most thankful?" Their answers—and reasons them—varied widely to include religious texts, momentos from loved ones, brilliant literature, and important life lessons.
Since children are the most vulnerable citizens of any society, it seems rather obvious that they are the citizens most likely to be negatively affected by war. Until very recently, however, the world has paid scant attention to what happens to children in war.
The West knows little about the cultural scene inside Iran today. Since the dawn of civilization until renascence, Iran has always been a great contributor to world's literature, art and science and the old name of Iran 'Persia' still emanates an aura of mystery and mythical glory, but the Iranian contemporary art, literature and science has not been able to nourish from its deep roots in time, or at least the world believes so.