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Theme: Ukraine

Editorial

“May the World Listen…”

Oksana Zabuzhko, poet, fiction writer, and essayist, is one of contemporary Ukrainian literature’s foremost voices in...

Leader: Mikael Nydahl, guest editor April 20 2022
Interview

An interview with Oksana Zabuzhko

PEN/Opp publishes an exclusive interview with author Oksana Zabuzhko, made by Stefan Ingvarsson. At the time for the interview, Oksana Zabuzhko stayed at a writer's residence in the city of Gdańsk...

Interview by Stefan Ingvarsson August 05 2022
Fiction

41 Days

Oleg Mikhailov is a Russian-Ukrainian playwright. He was born in Yekaterinburg (Russia) in 1975 and has lived in Kharkiv since 2009, where he has been living during the entirety of the war, despite...

By: Oleg Mihajlov May 13 2022
Article

Ukrainian writers – defying the Russian invasion 

As the Russian attack on Ukraine wreaks destruction and creates millions of refugees, many of Ukraine's writers have found themselves turning to activism by joining volunteer groups, the Armed Forces...

Interview: Joakim Medin April 29 2022
Poetry

Poems by Daryna Gladun

The Ukrainian poet Daryna Gladun lived in Bucha until the beginning of March. When she realized that the Russian troops were not only bombing the airport but were also aiming to take over the city...

Poems: Daryna Gladun April 22 2022
Article

Am I panicking enough?

This article, written and published on January 18 in German by the Ukrainian author and publisher Kateryna Mischenko, is a prologue to PEN/Opp's upcoming Ukraine issue, which will be launched in ten...

By Kateryna Mishchenko March 07 2022

Theme: Afghanistan

Editorial

It began with a call for help.

In the beginning of August 2021, when the Taliban still had not consolidated complete control over the country, Swedish...

Leader: Elisabeth Löfgren, Chair, Writers in Prison Committee, Swedish PEN March 04 2022
Fiction

'Dogs Are Not to Blame.'

In modern Afghanistan years of instability and internal displacement have created a challenging environment for writers of all kinds. The majority of Afghanistan’s writers that have been given...

Author: Masouma Kawsari  May 05 2022
Article

Let’s Not Forget Educating Our Children

Aziz Royesh, renowned teacher in Afghanistan, born in 1969 in Kabul. He founded the Marifat School in Kabul. In 2015, he was one of ten nominees for the International "Teacher of the Year Award" by...

Text: Aziz Royesh April 08 2022
Poetry

Taking my root off

Mother has a beautiful girl The sky my colourful shawl The mirror with all its glittering owes me a mouthful of smile *...

A poem by: Mahtab Sahel March 04 2022

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