- Michael Orthofer
Michael Orthofer is the founder of the Complete Review (www.complete-review.com) and its Literary Saloon blog, where he has been reviewing books and expounding on the international literary scene since 1999. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and has served as a judge for the annual Best Translated Book Award, as well as the Austrian Cultural Forum’s ACF Translation Prize. His most recent book is Arno Schmidt: a centennial colloquy.
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In an interview conducted two weeks ago with Germany’s @sternde, Salman Rushdie said his life was now “relatively normal.” Rushdie talked in the interview with about the threats he sees to U.S. democracy. He also called himself an optimist. https://indianexpress.com/article/world/salman-rushdie-stabbing-new-york-live-updates-8087417/
“A poem cannot stop a bullet. A novel can’t defuse a bomb... But we are not helpless... We can sing the truth and name the liars... stories are at the heart of what’s happening... we must work to overturn the false narrative of tyrants... by telling better stories” Salman Rushdie
"Free expression is not something we can take for granted, and must be at the heart of our battle to defend democracy against its enemies." @PENamerica CEO @SuzanneNossel on Salman Rushdie, who stands at the forefront of this fight https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/13/salman-rushdies-entire-life-has-been-an-act-of-defiance