This Prison Where I Live: The PEN Anthology of Imprisoned Writers

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Celebrates the 75th anniversary of the international writer's association, PEN, with an anthology of pieces by writers in prisons throughout the world for expressing their views. Most of the 80 contributions are excerpted from published work, and include letters, diary entries, poems, and memoirs. They explore such matters as food, keeping the cell clean, the loss of family and friends, dreams, time, solitude, torture, meditation, death, and freedom. Among the better known names are Arthur Koestler Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Milovan Djilas, Vaclav Havel, Dashiell Hammett, and Vladimir Bukovsky. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780304333066
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Series: Global Issues Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Editor's Note 12
The Cell Door Closes 13
Cerberus 15
Colesberg: En Route to Robben Island 16
Housekeeping 18
Scrubbing the Furious Walls of Mikuyu 22
Throwing Time into Tins 24
First Cell, First Love 25
The Eye 27
Erasmus and Mosquitoes 31
The Spider 33
Sins of the Father 35
Punishment 38
And Night Fell 40
Seasons and Storms 41
On the Island 43
A Stitch in Time 45
Broadening 48
Rain 49
Breakfast in the Gulag 50
Grass Soup 53
Forcefeeding 55
Peanuts and Sesame Cakes 58
You Left Me My Lips 61
Castles and Banquets 62
Doodling 64
I Have Stopped in Front of Time 67
Writing on Toilet Paper 68
Man on the Moon 72
The Blind Architect 74
A Form of Protest 77
Wild Geese, Tell My Mother 80
The True Prison 82
A Child's Drawings 83
Time Stands Still 86
The Day Your Letter Comes 88
A Letter from My Father 90
Stefica 92
The Correspondence between Halil and Aysha 94
Halfway Mark 98
Letter to the Boys 101
Letters to Josephine 103
Marwa, My Daughter 105
Ruth v. the Torturer 107
Where I Am There Is No Light 109
The Departed Train 110
Dawn in the Great Northern Wilderness 111
Transportation 112
Third-class Car 510 116
Oblivion 118
Dreams in Auschwitz 119
The Doves 123
The King of Solitude 124
Daybreak 129
Letter from a Lunatic Asylum 130
The Burnt Out, Disfigured Day 132
Dream of a Wake 133
Cemetery 137
The Executions 138
From the Darkness 142
The Suicide 143
The Death of Ilhan 145
In My Cell 148
Epiphany 149
The Spirits of the Book 152
Night 155
The Release Order 156
Twenty Years and Forty Days Later 159
An Exchange of Prisoners 162
Reveille 168
Afterword 169
Biographies 174
Permissions 190
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