Literature Knows No Frontiers

PEN charter

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1. LITERATURE KNOWS NO FRONTIERS, and should remain a common currency between nations in spite of political or international upheavals.

2. In all circumstances, and particularly in time of war, works of art, the patrimony of humanity at large, should be left untouched by national or political passion.

3. Members of PEN should at all times use what influence they have in favour of good understanding and mutual respect between nations; they pledge themselves to do their utmost to dispel race, class and national hatreds, and to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace in one world.

4. PEN stands for the principle of unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations; and members pledge themselves to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression in the country and community to which they belong as well as throughout the world whenever this is possible. PEN declares for a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship in time of peace. It believes that the necessary advance of the world towards a more highly organized political and economic order renders a free criticism of governments, administrations and institutions imperative. And since freedom implies voluntary restraint, members pledge themselves to oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, deliberate falsehood and distortions of fact for political and personal ends.

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    1. PEN Promotes! フィクション翻訳で壁を超える | Bookworm Translations

      […] 事実上では金賞でありながら、一般の物に比べるとより公平で厳しいように見え、毎回多数の受賞者がいます。PENの目標は偉大な文芸価値を持ちながらPEN チャーターに適切な作品を祝うと言う事です。出版社は金賞を使い、様々な理由で無視されたであろう作品の運命を変える事ができるのです。詳しい賞金への参加情報はココにあります。 […]