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Writers at Risk

Description: This list is meant as a help for the theme "Writers at risk", Reading Globally, 2nd quarter 2016. Please don't hesitate to add your own comments or suggestions, and also post them to the theme thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/220279

Members: 15 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
20,445 members, 385 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
2
9,846 members, 154 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)
3
19,795 members, 470 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Explanations:

Dilara86 (4): Holocaust memoirs

4
4,742 members, 191 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Explanations:

FlorenceArt (5): Memoir of the revolution in Iran, then exile to Europe.

5
3,254 members, 48 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc, ahef1963, thorold

Score: 3

6
2,981 members, 54 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M, kidzdoc, charl08

Score: 3

Explanations:

ELiz_M (1): An autobiographical novel of the author's experience in a Japanese prison camp as a young boy during WWII.

7
698 members, 26 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M, charl08, kidzdoc

Score: 3

Explanations:

ELiz_M (5): A novel depicting the brutal, oppressive life of a Egyptian village girl. It was inspired by the author's contact with an imprisoned woman. Almost a decade later, the author herself was imprisoned and terrorized for her ongoing feminist activism.… (more)

8
401 members, 14 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M, spiphany, thorold

Score: 3

Explanations:

ELiz_M (9): "one of the greatest treatments of flight and exile in modern German writing...." written during the author's own flight from the Nazis.

9
255 members, 4 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: charl08, kidzdoc, spiphany

Score: 3

Explanations:

kidzdoc (5): This novel was written on toilet paper during the author's year long imprisonment.

10
226 members, 8 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M, spiphany, thorold

Score: 3

Explanations:

ELiz_M (7): The author fled the violence tearing Yugoslavia apart in 1993. This novel is an attempt "to capture the slow and constant sense of loss and displacement caused by exile..."… (more)

11
136 members, 2 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: chlorine, Dilara86, thorold

Score: 3

Explanations:

chlorine (2): Haitian writer condemning Papa Doc's dicatorship. He was so angry that the family bought all the copies they could find to try and save her.

12
18,481 members, 299 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: gypsysmom, FlorenceArt

Score: 2

Explanations:

FlorenceArt (16): A memoir of McCourt's childhood in Ireland and escape to America.

13
6,053 members, 98 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, dara85

Score: 2

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5,912 members, 88 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: Dilara86, FlorenceArt

Score: 2

Explanations:

Dilara86 (5): slavery

15
5,480 members, 182 reviews
4.52 stars (4.52 stars)

Lists: streamsong, FlorenceArt

Score: 2

Explanations:

FlorenceArt (3): A second-hand account of the life of Spiegelman's father, a Polish Jew, as he was persecuted and later sent to Auschwitz.

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4,497 members, 84 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: thorold, FlorenceArt

Score: 2

Explanations:

thorold (1): Italian-Jewish chemist tries to make sense of his experience of Auschwitz

17
2,802 members, 37 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: gypsysmom, FlorenceArt

Score: 2

18
2,134 members, 80 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: chlorine, kidzdoc

Score: 2

Explanations:

chlorine (1): Black man living as a free man in the North of the US illegally sold into slavery in the south.

19
1,465 members, 48 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: dara85, streamsong

Score: 2

20
923 members, 26 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M, thorold

Score: 2

21
868 members, 37 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: spiphany, thorold

Score: 2

Explanations:

thorold (25): Young people trying to stand up against Ceaucescu

23
302 members, 3 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: dara85, FlorenceArt

Score: 2

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107 members, 4 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: spiphany, chlorine

Score: 2

Explanations:

chlorine (4): Hungarian woman and her family flee the communist regime and emigrate to Switzerland.

25
98 members, 4 reviews
4.64 stars (4.64 stars)

Lists: rebeccanyc, charl08

Score: 2

Explanations:

rebeccanyc (2): Escaped from the Nazis only to be imprisoned for his work in the Free Hungary movement.

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9,397 members, 172 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: streamsong

Score: 1

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6,637 members, 67 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: FlorenceArt

Score: 1

Explanations:

FlorenceArt (17): I'm including this book, which is the sequel to Angela's Ashes, because it belongs to the theme more than the first, although I understand it's not as good (I haven't read it).… (more)

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2,493 members, 25 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: FlorenceArt

Score: 1

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2,061 members, 27 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: FlorenceArt

Score: 1

Explanations:

FlorenceArt (14): A fictionalized account of the author's time in a Siberian prison camp.

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1,374 members, 32 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

Explanations:

thorold (2): Italian dissident sent into internal exile by Mussolini

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1,373 members, 50 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: chlorine

Score: 1

Explanations:

chlorine (6): Woman living in Berlin at the end of WWII when Russians invaded. Had to endure multiple rapes and privations.

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1,170 members, 31 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M

Score: 1

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ELiz_M (4): A collection of short stories loosely based on the author's experiences in various concentration camps.

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1,156 members, 17 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: streamsong

Score: 1

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1,100 members, 24 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: chlorine

Score: 1

Explanations:

chlorine (5): Woman in Africa submitted to genital mutilations. Managed to emigrate to London. Was a UN special ambassador in the fight againts femage genital mutilations.… (more)

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1,092 members, 21 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: dara85

Score: 1

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812 members, 10 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

Explanations:

thorold (5): Gay Cuban novelist's autobiography (imprisonment, exile, AIDS)

39
793 members, 1 review
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

Explanations:

thorold (27): Italian communist imprisoned under Mussolini, leading theoretician of European Marxism

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772 members, 14 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M

Score: 1

Explanations:

ELiz_M (8): from wiki: Behan eventually joined the IRA at sixteen, which led to his serving time in a borstal youth prison in the United Kingdom and he was also imprisoned in Republic of Ireland.… (more)

41
740 members, 56 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc

Score: 1

Explanations:

kidzdoc (8): This novel is about the persecution of the Romanian German population in Stalinist Russia, and its deportation to forced labor camps after World War II.… (more)

42
591 members, 24 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (17): Not read, but looks relevant

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563 members, 10 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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562 members, 12 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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534 members, 2 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

Explanations:

thorold (8): Russian poet who wrote about her encounters with the Stalinist terror

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520 members, 17 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: chlorine

Score: 1

Explanations:

chlorine (3): Young woman in Afghanistan forced to live under Taliban's rule. Escaped to France and wrote this book.

47
500 members, 14 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: chlorine

Score: 1

48
461 members, 4 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

Explanations:

thorold (18): US anarchist & feminist exiled to Russia and then to France

49
423 members, 5 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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391 members, 28 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 stars)

Lists: Dilara86

Score: 1

52
338 members, 6 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: SassyLassy

Score: 1

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318 members, 11 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: rebeccanyc

Score: 1

Explanations:

rebeccanyc (3): Written back and forth on sheets of paper when Fallada was imprisoned in a Nazi mental hospital for the criminally insane.

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291 members, 4 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: rebeccanyc

Score: 1

Explanations:

rebeccanyc (1): Born in exile, died in exile, jailed twice by the French and once by the Soviets.

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243 members, 3 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M

Score: 1

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ELiz_M (10): The first black woman to escape from slavery in the British colonies (West Indies) and publish a record of her experience.

56
214 members, 5 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

Explanations:

thorold (12): The Mann family in exile

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187 members, 3 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (20): Czech dissident (later president) writes to his wife from prison

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159 members, 9 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: SassyLassy

Score: 1

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SassyLassy (3): Two writers living in exile

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151 members, 5 reviews
4.47 stars (4.47 stars)

Lists: FlorenceArt

Score: 1

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151 members, 1 review
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: charl08

Score: 1

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147 members, 3 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: FlorenceArt

Score: 1

Explanations:

FlorenceArt (15): Memoir of the author's life as a Polish Jew persecuted both by the nazis and soviets.

63
141 members, 3 reviews
3.24 stars (3.24 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M

Score: 1

Explanations:

ELiz_M (6): The main character, like the author, was a victim of China's "anti-rightest movement" in the mid-1950s. The novel depicts the banal brutality of the political system.… (more)

64
133 members, 7 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (14): On being exiled from a country that no longer exists (GDR) - also has a lot about other German political exiles in California, like the Manns

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131 members, 4 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (28): Scottish teenager who tried to assassinate Franco and spent time behind bars in Spain and in the UK

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127 members, 3 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: FlorenceArt

Score: 1

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FlorenceArt (18): Memoir of a child and her family trying to survive in occupied Hungary.

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by Ovid
123 members, 2 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (2): Writings of the poet Ovid after his banishment from Rome in 8 AD.

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81 members, 3 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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63 members, 1 review
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (1): Andrei Sinyavsky (pseud. Abram Tertz) was tried and imprisoned for his Soviet-critical writing (The Trial Begins; On Socialist Realism). "A Voice from the Chorus" was based on his experiences while imprisoned.… (more)

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61 members, 0 reviews
3.33 stars (3.33 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (9): British/Irish playwright persecuted because of his sexuality (this is a book about rather than by)

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59 members, 0 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (19): Russian 19th century socialist exiled to London

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48 members, 2 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc

Score: 1

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kidzdoc (1): Dowlatabadi composed this novel internally while he was imprisoned in Iran, and wrote it shortly after his release.

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45 members, 1 review
2.5 stars (2.5 stars)

Lists: ELiz_M

Score: 1

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ELiz_M (2): An account of the writer's arrest and trial, his prison dreams and fantasies.

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43 members, 0 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: SassyLassy

Score: 1

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SassyLassy (1): Written by Bukharin while he was in prison before his execution under Stalin

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41 members, 0 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: Dilara86

Score: 1

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Dilara86 (2): Memoirs of a feminist anarchist who was imprisoned and sent to a penal colony

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36 members, 0 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (7): Two great German-Jewish poets exchange letters

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31 members, 0 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (5): Heym fled Nazi Germany to the US, where he fought with the Americans in WWII. Left the US in the 1950s because of his communist politics, emigrated to East Germany, where he was initially welcomed, but later banned from publishing due to his criticism of the government.… (more)

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26 members, 1 review
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (6): German-Jewish poet who wrote about life after the Holocaust

84
24 members, 2 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

Explanations:

thorold (23): White journalist jailed for his part in an anti-apartheid group.

85
23 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (24): The author was imprisoned together with Mandela

86
20 members, 0 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: Dilara86

Score: 1

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Dilara86 (1): Written by a former Islamic State hostage

87
19 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (10): Poet who was imprisoned by the regime in Malawi

88
9 members, 1 review
3.25 stars (3.25 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

Explanations:

thorold (13): Left-wing political exiles from the Continent in 19th century London

89
8 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (15): Play by-and-about two South African political prisoners on Robben Island staging Antigone

90
5 members, 0 reviews

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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spiphany (4): Biermann's expatriation by the East Germany government provoked protests by many prominent German writers.

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by Tian
4 members, 0 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: FlorenceArt

Score: 1

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3 members, 2 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: thorold

Score: 1

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thorold (3): Dutch journalist stuck in revolutionary Russia

93
5,079 members, 51 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Score: 0

94
1,019 members, 43 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Score: 0

95
750 members, 16 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Score: 0

96
576 members, 13 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Score: 0

97
264 members, 9 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Score: 0

98
142 members, 2 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Score: 0

99
116 members, 1 review
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Score: 0

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