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Literature from the “Axis of Evil”

Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations

The New Press, September 2006

In Literature From the “Axis of Evil:” Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations, our groundbreaking first anthology, Words without Borders offers American readers a passport into the heart of enemy nations and uncovers a dazzling cross-section of humanity, different from, yet ultimately recognizable to ourselves.

Literature from the “Axis of Evil” includes twenty-one works of fiction and poetry from seven countries, most translated into English for the first time. The authors in this anthology include Houshang Moradi-Kermani, Tirdad Zolghadr, Ahmad Shamlou (from Iran); Salah Al-Hamdani, Sherko Fatah, Muhsin Al-Ramli, Saadi Yousef (from Iraq); Kang Kwi-mi, Hong Seok-jung, Lim Hwa-won, Byungu Chon (from North Korea); Salim Barakat, Hanna Mina (from Syria); Kamel al-Maghur, Ashur Etwebi (from Libya); Tarek Eltayeb (from Sudan); Anna Lidía Vega Serova, Francisco García González, and Raúl Rivero (from Cuba).

“Reading Literature from the “Axis of Evil” inevitably makes you think about whether art and literature can help prevent hatred and even war.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“The book every American should read this year . . . Axis of Evil has more to say about the historical complexities, conflicts, and nuances of so-called enemy nations than a hundred shelves of polemics and political rhetoric that clutter the front rows of our bookstores.” —Bloomsbury Review

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