Voices Against the Darkness

Imprisoned Writers Who Could Not Silenced World Literature Today | November - December 2009
Certain kinds of trauma visited on peoples are so deep, so cruel, that . . . only writers can translate such trauma and turn sorrow into meaning, sharpening the moral imagination. — Toni Morrison, “Peril,” in Burn This Book (2009)

Chaldean News / February 1, 2010

Fatuhi Contributes to Journal
Amer Hanna Fatuhi was among those published in the November/December 2009 issue of World Literature Today. The magazine, published at the University of Oklahoma, ran a special section about writers who suffered persecution called “Voices Against the Darkness: Imprisoned Writers who Could not be Silenced.”

Fatuhi, an artist, writer and co-founder of the Iraqi Artists Association, was featured as one of these writers. His poem, “Wounding the Dark,” was translated from Arabic to English and published alongside his art piece that carries the same title. Only 10 writers from across the globe were featured in the special edition, two of whom were of Iraqi descent.

In “Voices Against the Darkness,” this issue’s special section on creative writers from around the world who have been imprisoned for their writings or political beliefs (see PP 39-62). To read this section as (PDF file) click the link below:

http://archives.worldliteraturetoday.com/2009November/WLT-Nov09-prison-section.pdf