Writers at Risk

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This list is meant as a help for the theme "Writers at risk", Reading Globally, 2nd quarter 2016. I will add the link to the thread after I create it.
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28,301 members
513 reviews
4.1
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12,934 members
201 reviews
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6,875 members
252 reviews
½ 4.3
6 Members
streamsong, charl08, FlorenceArt, ahef1963, rileyhuff, steller0707
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FlorenceArt: Memoir of the revolution in Iran, then exile to Europe.
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27,546 members
571 reviews
½ 4.3
4 Members
dara85, streamsong, Dilara86, ahef1963
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Dilara86: Holocaust memoirs
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4,863 members
62 reviews
½ 4.3
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3,730 members
70 reviews
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4 Members
kidzdoc, charl08, ELiz_M, rileyhuff
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ELiz_M: An autobiographical novel of the author's experience in a Japanese prison camp as a young boy during WWII.
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9,249 members
119 reviews
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3 Members
FlorenceArt, Dilara86, rileyhuff
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Dilara86: slavery
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1,046 members
36 reviews
3.9
3 Members
kidzdoc, charl08, ELiz_M
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ELiz_M: 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.
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659 members
18 reviews
3.8
3 Members
thorold, spiphany, ELiz_M
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ELiz_M: "one of the greatest treatments of flight and exile in modern German writing...." written during the author's own flight from the Nazis.
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395 members
6 reviews
3.8
3 Members
kidzdoc, charl08, spiphany
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kidzdoc: This novel was written on toilet paper during the author's year long imprisonment.
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345 members
10 reviews
3.8
3 Members
thorold, spiphany, ELiz_M
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ELiz_M: 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..."
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222 members
4 reviews
½ 4.3
3 Members
chlorine, thorold, Dilara86
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chlorine: 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.
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21,842 members
337 reviews
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2 Members
FlorenceArt, gypsysmom
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FlorenceArt: A memoir of McCourt's childhood in Ireland and escape to America.
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15,709 members
313 reviews
4.2
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10,122 members
144 reviews
½ 4.4
2 Members
dara85, ahef1963
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8,700 members
258 reviews
½ 4.5
2 Members
streamsong, FlorenceArt
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FlorenceArt: 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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6,068 members
98 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
thorold, FlorenceArt
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thorold: Italian-Jewish chemist tries to make sense of his experience of Auschwitz
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3,991 members
114 reviews
4.2
2 Members
kidzdoc, chlorine
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chlorine: Black man living as a free man in the North of the US illegally sold into slavery in the south.
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3,531 members
48 reviews
4.1
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2,185 members
59 reviews
4.1
2 Members
dara85, streamsong
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1,342 members
34 reviews
3.8
2 Members
thorold, ELiz_M
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1,165 members
10 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
FlorenceArt, Dilara86
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Dilara86: slavery
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1,085 members
43 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
thorold, spiphany
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thorold: Young people trying to stand up against Ceaucescu
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391 members
6 reviews
½ 3.6
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248 members
5 reviews
½ 4.3
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206 members
7 reviews
3.9
2 Members
chlorine, spiphany
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chlorine: Hungarian woman and her family flee the communist regime and emigrate to Switzerland.
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118 members
5 reviews
½ 4.6
2 Members
rebeccanyc, charl08
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rebeccanyc: Escaped from the Nazis only to be imprisoned for his work in the Free Hungary movement.
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7,945 members
76 reviews
½ 3.5
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FlorenceArt
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FlorenceArt: 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).
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6,131 members
232 reviews
4
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dara85
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4,255 members
38 reviews
4
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3,036 members
34 reviews
3.9
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FlorenceArt
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FlorenceArt: A fictionalized account of the author's time in a Siberian prison camp.
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1,984 members
42 reviews
4
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thorold
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thorold: Italian dissident sent into internal exile by Mussolini
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1,951 members
59 reviews
3.9
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dara85
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1,851 members
65 reviews
4.2
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chlorine
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chlorine: Woman living in Berlin at the end of WWII when Russians invaded. Had to endure multiple rapes and privations.
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1,590 members
35 reviews
4.2
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ELiz_M
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ELiz_M: A collection of short stories loosely based on the author's experiences in various concentration camps.
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1,526 members
32 reviews
4.2
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1,492 members
30 reviews
½ 4.3
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dara85
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1,481 members
20 reviews
4.2
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1,374 members
34 reviews
3.8
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chlorine
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chlorine: Woman in Africa submitted to genital mutilations. Managed to emigrate to London. Was a UN special ambassador in the fight againts femage genital mutilations.
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1,161 members
1 review
4.1
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thorold
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thorold: Italian communist imprisoned under Mussolini, leading theoretician of European Marxism
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1,104 members
18 reviews
4.1
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thorold
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thorold: Gay Cuban novelist's autobiography (imprisonment, exile, AIDS)
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985 members
57 reviews
4
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kidzdoc
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kidzdoc: 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.
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945 members
17 reviews
4
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ELiz_M
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ELiz_M: 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.
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793 members
28 reviews
3.8
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thorold
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thorold: Not read, but looks relevant
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774 members
18 reviews
4
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chlorine
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763 members
11 reviews
½ 3.6
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spiphany
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729 members
17 reviews
3.9
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spiphany
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640 members
21 reviews
½ 3.7
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chlorine
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chlorine: Young woman in Afghanistan forced to live under Taliban's rule. Escaped to France and wrote this book.
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639 members
11 reviews
4.2
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dara85
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603 members
5 reviews
4.2
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thorold
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thorold: US anarchist & feminist exiled to Russia and then to France
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567 members
3 reviews
4.2
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thorold
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thorold: Russian poet who wrote about her encounters with the Stalinist terror
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529 members
5 reviews
4.1
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spiphany
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513 members
30 reviews
½ 3.4
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Dilara86
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471 members
7 reviews
4
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448 members
7 reviews
½ 4.3
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rebeccanyc
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rebeccanyc: Born in exile, died in exile, jailed twice by the French and once by the Soviets.
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435 members
13 reviews
3.9
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rebeccanyc
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rebeccanyc: 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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386 members
5 reviews
½ 3.5
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ELiz_M
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ELiz_M: The first black woman to escape from slavery in the British colonies (West Indies) and publish a record of her experience.
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286 members
8 reviews
4
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thorold
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thorold: The Mann family in exile
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286 members
15 reviews
3.8
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SassyLassy
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SassyLassy: Two writers living in exile
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238 members
3 reviews
½ 3.7
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thorold
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thorold: Czech dissident (later president) writes to his wife from prison
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214 members
9 reviews
½ 4.5
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213 members
1 review
½ 3.7
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charl08
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201 members
7 reviews
½ 3.7
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thorold
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thorold: 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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194 members
6 reviews
3.2
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ELiz_M
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ELiz_M: 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.
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190 members
4 reviews
½ 4.6
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FlorenceArt
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FlorenceArt: Memoir of the author's life as a Polish Jew persecuted both by the nazis and soviets.
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by Ovid
170 members
2 reviews
3.9
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spiphany
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spiphany: Writings of the poet Ovid after his banishment from Rome in 8 AD.
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168 members
4 reviews
3.8
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thorold
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thorold: Scottish teenager who tried to assassinate Franco and spent time behind bars in Spain and in the UK
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151 members
3 reviews
3.9
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FlorenceArt
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FlorenceArt: Memoir of a child and her family trying to survive in occupied Hungary.
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145 members
2 reviews
½ 4.3
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spiphany
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126 members
4 reviews
½ 4.3
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dara85
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119 members
2 reviews
4.2
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spiphany
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78 members
2 reviews
½ 3.7
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kidzdoc
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kidzdoc: Dowlatabadi composed this novel internally while he was imprisoned in Iran, and wrote it shortly after his release.
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75 members
19 reviews
½ 4.4
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74 members
1 review
3.8
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spiphany
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spiphany: 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.
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73 members
½ 3.5
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thorold
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thorold: British/Irish playwright persecuted because of his sexuality (this is a book about rather than by)
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thorold
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thorold: Russian 19th century socialist exiled to London
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68 members
1 review
½ 2.5
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ELiz_M
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ELiz_M: An account of the writer's arrest and trial, his prison dreams and fantasies.
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64 members
3 reviews
½ 3.7
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55 members
3.8
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SassyLassy
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SassyLassy: Written by Bukharin while he was in prison before his execution under Stalin
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53 members
½ 3.5
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Dilara86
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Dilara86: Memoirs of a feminist anarchist who was imprisoned and sent to a penal colony
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47 members
½ 3.5
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spiphany
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spiphany: 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.
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45 members
3.8
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thorold
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thorold: Two great German-Jewish poets exchange letters
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38 members
1 review
½ 3.3
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Dilara86
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Dilara86: Written by a former Islamic State hostage
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34 members
2 reviews
½ 4.3
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thorold
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thorold: White journalist jailed for his part in an anti-apartheid group.
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thorold
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thorold: The author was imprisoned together with Mandela
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26 members
4
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thorold
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thorold: Poet who was imprisoned by the regime in Malawi
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21 members
1 review
½ 4.6
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thorold
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thorold: German-Jewish poet who wrote about life after the Holocaust
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15 members
1 review
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14 members
1 review
½ 3.3
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thorold
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thorold: Left-wing political exiles from the Continent in 19th century London
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9 members
4
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thorold
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thorold: Play by-and-about two South African political prisoners on Robben Island staging Antigone
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8 members
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spiphany
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spiphany: Biermann's expatriation by the East Germany government provoked protests by many prominent German writers.
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by Tian
7 members
4
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3 members
2 reviews
½ 3.5
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thorold
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thorold: Dutch journalist stuck in revolutionary Russia
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6,126 members
59 reviews
3.9
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1,249 members
50 reviews
½ 3.5
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1,063 members
23 reviews
½ 4.3
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761 members
15 reviews
4.1
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357 members
14 reviews
3.9