»Worldwide Reading« of Iranian literature on December 10, 2022

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The international literature festival berlin [ilb] is calling on individuals, schools, universities, cultural institutions and media to participate in a worldwide reading of Persian literature texts, classical and modern, in support of the Iranian uprising on December 10, Human Rights Day.

The goal of the reading is to send a signal to the brutal Iranian regime to end the violence and express solidarity with Iranian women who have been victims of discrimination and misogyny in recent decades. The Iranian women are harbingers of hope, hope not only for the Iranian people but for all of us who want an end to a more livable future for all beings on this planet.

The death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman in Iranian police custody at September 16 2022, has sparked a widespread protest movement that has rocked the country for weeks. The Iranian government has responded to these protests with violence and bloodshed.

To express our support for the Iranian people on the path to democracy and freedom, and to urge the Iranian government to listen to the powerful voice of Iranian men and women who want to change the form of government and end the violence against them, we invite you to this reading. For the reading, we recommend poems by Forough Farrokhzad and short stories by Shahrnush Parsipur.

The readings can take place anywhere, including privately in a small circle, in a school, in a cultural institution or on the radio. Individuals and institutions who would like to participate with a reading on December 10, 2022 are asked to send us the following information: Organizer, location, time, participating actors, event language, link to your website if applicable. The email address is: worldwidereading@literaturfestival.com. We ask the organizers to clarify the rights for readings themselves – the ilb can help with this. We ask the organizers to clarify the rights for readings themselves – the ilb can help with this.

Signed by

Gabriela Adameșteanu, Romania
Ghayath Almadhoun, Syria/ Sweden
Margaret Atwood, Canada
Ricardo Azevedo, Brazil
Sarnath Banerjee, India
Charles Bernstein, USA
Anneke Brassinga, Netherlands
Carmen Boullosa, Mexico
Brian Castro, Australia
Germain Droogenbroodt, Belgium/ Spain
Amir Hassan Cheheltan, Iran
Jennifer Clement, USA/ Mexico
Michael Day, USA/ Netherlands
Antonio Della Rocca, Italy
Radka Denemarková, Czech Republic
Junot Díaz, Dominican Republic/ USA
Ariel Dorfman, Chile
György Dragomán, Romania/ Hungary
Stella Gaitano, Sudan/ Germany
Andreas Heinz, Germany
Josef Haslinger, Austria/ Germany
Ala Hlehel, Palestine
Nazanine Hozar, Canada
Ranjit Hoskoté, India
Iman Humaydan, Lebanon/ France
Aireen Jaman, Bangladesh
Raj Kamal Jha, India
Sepideh Jodeyri, Iran/ USA
Navid Kermani, Germany
Jemma King, UK
Alexandra Kleeman, USA
Lola Koundakjian, Lebanon/ Armenia/ USA
Christoph Leisten, Germany
Liao Yiwu, China/ Germany
Silviu Lupescu, Romania
John Mateer, South Africa/ Australia
Winfried Menninghaus, Germany
Amanda Michalopoulou, Greece
Hala Mohammad, Syria/ France
Mehdi Mozaffari, Iran/ Danmark
Widad Nabi, Syria/ Germany
Ramita Navai, Iran/ UK
Claudia Piñeiro, Argentina
Simone Pika, Germany
Patricio Pron, Argentina
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan
Daniel Rothenbühler, Switzerland
Uli Rothfuss, Germany
Andreas Rumler, Germany
Kholod Saghir, Sweden
Kurt Scharf, Germany
Jenny Schon, Czech Republic / Germany
Eduardo Sguiglia, Argentina
Nicholas Shakespeare, UK
Tajima Shinji, Japan
Nasrin Siege, Iran/ Germany
Ostap Slyvynsky, Ukraine
Alawiya Sobh, Lebanon
Carlo Spiller, Switzerland
Biyú Suárez, Bolivia
Stephan Thome, Germany
Fariba Vafi, Iran/ Germany
Adriaan van Dis, Netherlands
Haris Vlavianos, Greece
Catherine Vuylsteke, Belgium
Monika Zgustova, Czech Republic / Spain
Yang Lian, China/ UK
Oksana Sabuschko, Ukraine
Zhang Yu, China/ Germany
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