Yesterday’s Guardian contained a moving letter from one writer in freedom to another in prison, part of an international campaign of protest. Below is a short extract: for the full text see link.
Alberto Manguel writes an open letter to the poet, imprisoned in Iran for her defence of the Bahá’i Faith
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Dear Mahvash Sabet,
It’s almost an impertinence, I feel, to write to a poet who is being kept behind bars for her words and beliefs. King Lear, imprisoned at the end of the play with his daughter Cordelia, tells her that they will become “God’s spies”. That is what you as well have become, bearing witness to society’s injustices, prejudices and inability to understand that no matter what society might do to a poet, the poet’s words will still be free in the minds of…
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