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Works of Radical Imagination

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Autodafe is a collection of reports, interviews, correspondence, narratives, and stories from around the world. The review aims to be a place for debate and experimentation, a place where writers silenced by censorship join voices with world-renowned writers. The contributors are all members of the International Parliament of Writers; the pieces are original to Autodafe. The journal's common themes are the reflection of social and political realities of the world, censorship, the interdict of language, and the effects of globalization, among others.

This first volume is divided into four parts: The Book of Prohibitions, Geography of Exile, Chronicles of Love and War, and Borders, Outlaws. It contains new writings from twenty-nine leading authors from around the world including Rogelio Saunders Chile on "cultural suffocation" in Cuba, Russell Banks on the role of the writer, fiction by Sierra Leone's Syl Cheney Coker, Jacques Derrida on displaced literatures, Mehmed Uzun on "The Kurdish Renaissance in Exile," and Gao Er Tai's "On the Obligation to Smile in Chinese Work Camps."

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Autodafe is full of interesting, well-written and alarming material, from writers all over the world, both famous and less famous. It offers a valuable and at times disturbing report on the state of literary freedom at the beginning of the 21st century.”

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