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Literature From The "Axis of Evil"

Literature from the "Axis of Evil"
Author various (anthology)
Country United States; translated works of authors from seven other countries
Language English (works translated from Persian, Arabic, Korean, Spanish, French, and German)
Subject world literature
Genre literature
Publisher The New Press
Publication date
2006
Media type print
Pages 297 pp
ISBN
OCLC 64442957

Literature from the "Axis of Evil" is an anthology of short stories, poems and excerpts from novels by twenty writers from seven countries, translated into English (often for the first time), and published by Words Without Borders in 2006.

The purpose of the anthology, as described in the editors' note, is to increase "American access to world literature in translation". The editors wrote:

"This book was born in conscientious objection to the use of 'axis of evil' rhetoric and to the OFAC's apparent fear of 'free trade' in ideas and literature [...]. Our intention has never been to present a naive apology for tyrannical regimes nor to recommend any particular political solution to the problems they present both internationally and for their own people [...]. Rather, we aim simply to stimulate international conversation through literature, with all its complexity and nuanced insights into the ideas, beliefs, daily lives and articles of reference of people in other cultures, who are thinking and writing in languages other than English."

The editors selected works, all published in the second half of the 20th or early 21st century, by authors living in, or originating from, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Cuba. A brief overview of the contemporary literature of each country is provided, to set the writings in their specific national context.

Writers and works included

Critical reviews

For The Daily Telegraph, Ceri Radford wrote:

"The book is aimed at an American audience, drawing attention to the sad demise of literature in translation which counted for less than 0.5 per cent of available books in the US in 2003 and the fact that publishers need a license to bring out a work by an "enemy nation" author. [...] As a means of redressing this, I reckon this book should be on the reading list of every school in the US and Britain. [...] As well as poetry, universal themes such as coming-of-age are poignant and easy to appreciate - whether in the Iranian Houshang Moradi-Kermani's story about a bright young pupil tackling his philistine teacher, or the Syrian Hanna Mina's tale of a poor boy earning his first wage by stencilling letters on sacks of grain. There was a greater cultural barrier with the heavily stylised, propagandistic offerings from North Korea. A story by Lim Hwa-won describes how, pretty much as a direct result of imperialistic foreign influence, a beautiful young Russian woman ends up a one-legged prostitute. As a westerner, it's hard to take it seriously. But as a means of understanding the pervasive oppression of the North Korean regime, it's an intriguing insight. All of the extracts testify to struggle of one sort or another writing under oppressive regimes, coming to terms with exile, or indirectly just trying to provide a clear translation of a work from an alien culture. It's now worth struggling to make sure this kind of book is widely read."[2]

Chandrahas Choudhury of The Indian Express also provided a positive review:

"In a world where groups, nations, and — we are sometimes told, and are tempted to believe — even entire religions are locked in irresoluble conflict, it is sometimes easier to dissolve our sense of the individual and place instead a collective stamp over peoples and territories. Literature from the “Axis of Evil” seeks to combat this tendency in a way that only literature, which privileges individual experience and presents specific yet sharable human dilemmas, can."[3]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ This is the only work originally written in English.
  2. ^ "Literature from the Axis of Evil" (review), Ceri Radford, The Daily Telegraph, February 9, 2007
  3. ^ "Before War Comes", Chandrahas Choudhury, The Indian Express, November 25, 2006

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