PEN Atlas is English PEN's international blog.
A collection of literary dispatches from around the world: where literature and human rights meet.
Since it lauched in 2008, PEN Atlas has featured some of the world's most important thinkers and writers. Highlights include Boualem Sansal on free expression in Algeria, Dorothy Tse on Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, and Independent Foreign Fiction Prize-winning novelist Jenny Erpenbeck. Check out our contributors below.
In 2016 we launched PEN Atlas Events at venues across the UK. See our events listings for information on the next event – we hope to see you there!
PEN Atlas is a project of English PEN’s Writers in Translation programme and is supported by Arts Council England and Bloomberg.
In Soviet times there was a concept known as ‘young writers’. It was in fact a class concept. A budding writer was expected to descend from the working class and to glorify the Soviet regime. All facilities were provided for this purpose, such as the Gorki Literary Institute, founded to teach workers creative writing.