Inverted Realism

I remember when I published my first, very unsuccessful novel, a science-fiction novel, which, to the despair of my publishers, I keep telling people not to read. A friend… More

The Imaginary Real

Pieces ranging from the metaphysical to the fanciful to the concrete to the comical are all realistic, in that they show us more about what it is to be… More

The Pen and the Sword

In January 1986 I came to New York for a gathering of writers that has become a literary legend. The 48th Congress of International PEN, the global writers' organization… More

Books vs. Goons

A butterfly flaps its wings in India, and we feel the breeze on our cheeks here in New York. A throat is cleared somewhere in Africa and in California… More

Editor’s Note

The first annual PEN World Voices Festival brought together 125 writers from around the globe for a week of intense conversation about language, culture, crime, catastrophe, death, sex, religion—the… More

Rushdie acusa a Bush

Hay momentos en los que los escritores son realmente importantes. Y el actual es uno de ellos, según el novelista Salman Rushdie, presidente del festival literario PEN Voces del… More

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