When I was young, in that earlier period of  my life, which now seems
so far away, I read a short story: "On Tuesday" (Bu Salı). The
writer was a young man who had spent the most exciting years of his youth
during the war.
"There is only one Tuesday in every week."
Fifty in every year.
And, many, during war-time."
Wolfang Borchert  died in 1947 when he was only twenty six. He had written
extraordinary short stories and had tried to protect them from the war.

"In the evening, Ulla was writing the following sentence in capital letters:


She wrote this sentence ten times.  In capital letters. And she wrote the
word 'war' as she would have written 'sugar'.'
 Kamuran Şipal, an unknown master, translated "Bu Salı" (On Tuesday) into
our own  language. It is a very good translation, as if  written
originally in Turkish. It is obvious that all  succesful short story
writers in every region of the world, are in fact sisters and brothers.
War, the worst and greatest chronic disease on earth,  will never succeed
in putting an end to this sisterhood and brotherhood.

Borchert, who never lost his trust in the superiority of human dignity,
while he was in prison during the war, is still protesting,
against this greatest,  most chronic disease that exists on the earth,
even today, now,at this very moment.

May all those who write about peace and all those who read the works of
those who write about peace have a happy World Short Story Day.

(Translated into English by Aysu ERDEN with Beverly BARBEY)

TURKEY: Monthly "301" Action – 19 January 2008


Action Marking the First Anniversary of the Murder of Hrant Dink "For Hrant, For Justice"

9 January 2007

Saturday 19 January marks the first anniversary of the murder of Hrant Dink in Istanbul. International PEN is supporting the "Hrant Için, Adalet Için" (For Hrant, For Justice) campaign being run by a consortium of Turkish organisations who are staging events in Istanbul in commemoration of Hrant Dink. Posters and banners have been produced for the events with slogans including "For Hrant, For Justice" and "What Happened on 19 January?". A website has been launched in Turkish and English which gives information on the events being staged in Turkey and abroad. For details of the commemorations and to download posters, go to the website:

"The Day of World Story" from PEN Center of Makedonia


Skopje, 12.12.2007

To the Executive Board of PEN International – London

Dear colleagues,

The Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee of PEN International and its office in Skopje, Macedonia, wants to support the initiative of the Turkish PEN Centre - The Short Story Day (February, 14) to be included in the Calendar of Culture of UNESCO in the near future.

We are supporting this initiative of the Turkish PEN, again in the last few years, because of its purpose:

IRAN: Two journalists and women’s rights defenders, Maryam Hosseinkhah (f) and Jelveh Javaheri (f) detained for their...


The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN protests the detention of journalists and women’s rights defenders Maryam Hosseinkhah and Jelveh Javaheri on 18 November 2007 and 1 December 2007 respectively for their articles posted online. PEN seeks guarantees of their well-being, and urges that whilst detained they are granted access to their lawyers, family and any necessary medical care. International PEN considers Maryam Hosseinkhah and Jelveh Javaheri to be detained in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

INDIA: Concerns for the safety of Bangladeshi Writer Taslima Nasrin


International PEN’s Writers in Committee is seriously concerned for the safety of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, who is in a government safe house following violent protests by Muslim extremists in Kolkata, West Bengal. PEN welcomes the efforts by the Indian authorities to provide her protection, and urges the Indian authorities to ensure her safe passage and return to her home in Kolkata, West Bengal, at the earliest opportunity.

Taslima Nasrin, Honorary Member of Turkish PEN Centre


Taslima Nasreen has been awarded Honorary membership of Turkish PEN Centre for her struggle for secularism and women’s rights. (Istanbul, 24 November 2007)

Born in Bangladesh in 1962, Dr Taslima Nasreen calls herself a secular-humanist. She has been under threat for her critical approach against religious fundamentalism. An exile since 1994, she has been in Sweden, Germany, USA and India. She is under protection in an undiscosed district in Delhi.

Bulgarian PEN Centre Bulletin


Dear friends,

I have the pleasure to send you the new issue ( №10, 2007 ) of the bulletin Bulgarian PEN.

My best wishes!

Gueorgui Konstantinov

President of the Bulgarian PEN-centre

NEPAL: Journalist Birendra Shah Killed


The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN condemns the murder of Birendra Shah, a freelance journalist, whose body was found on 8 November 2007 after being kidnapped by Maoist cadres on 5 October 2007. Maoist authorities issued a statement on 5 November confirming that members of their party were responsible for Shah’s death, and that he had been murdered on the day of his abduction.

Turkish PEN Award to Vlada Urošević of Macedonia


P.E.N. has been an international/ist movement since its birth in London in 1921 –after the horrors of World War I. A group of writers in Turkey ‘joined the club’ in 1950 thanks to the leadership of Ms Halide Edip Adıvar.

Tomorrow’s world literature should not be limited to a few languages. Literary treasures in all languages must be liberated from financial and political captivities. In this perspective, the Turkish PEN Centre has decided to present international awards for extraordinary creativity especially in non-widespread languages. Each symbolic award will be accompanied by translation, honorary membership, and a holiday in Istanbul.

No jury can be above a master. A prize or award can (or should) only represent a sign of gratitude and not something given from above.

We are also aware that great literary output implies more than one great writer in the same area. So although an award is presented to one person, it implies respect to other important authors as well - with the hope of focusing on the literature of a certain part of our planet.

The honour award to be presented is named after Ms Halide Edip Adıvar, the first President of Turkish PEN Centre.

And we are happy to announce that we have agreed upon presenting the Halide Edip Adıvar Honour Award to Mr Vlada Urošević of Macedonia for his outstanding achievements in literature and significant contributions to humanity.

May his life and works inspire more and more people on our planet.

*Tarık Günersel (Mr) President [email protected], Aysu Erden (Ms) Intercentral Secretary, Chair of T&LRC [email protected], Gülseli İnal (Ms) Chair of Publication Committee [email protected], Ülkü Ayvaz (Mr) Vice-President, Sabri Kuşkonmaz (Mr) General Secretary, Faruk Şüyün (Mr) Chair of International Activities, Ayten Mutlu (Ms) Board Member Accountant, Nihat Ateş (Mr) Board Member, Editor of website, Özcan Karabulut (Mr) Advisor and Ankara Representative , Raşit Gökçeli (Mr) Member of Auditing Committee.

Vlada Urošević Born 1934 in Skopje. Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. In 1981 he was habilitated at the Faculty of Philology "Blaze Koneski" in Skopje; gained his Ph.D. in 1987. Worked as a research fellow and was editor for the Cultural and Art Board with Television Skopje. In 1982 he became an associate professor at the Department of General and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje, since 1988 he has been a full time professor. Was editor of the literary journal "Razgledi". Correspondent member of the Academie Mallarme in Paris and a member of the European Literary Academy in Luxembourg. Member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Member of the Macedonian P.E.N. Centre. Member of the Macedonian Writers' Association since 1961. Works: Another city (poetry, 1959), Unseeing (poetry, 1962), The taste of Peaches (novel, 1965), A mannequin in the scenery (poetry, 1965), Summer rain (poetry, 1967), Signs (short stories, 1969), Contemporaries (criticism and essays, 1971), The night coach (short stories, 1972), Star balance (poetry, 1973), Diving Bell (poetry, 1975), The Dreamer and the Emptiness (poetry, 1979), The net for the evasive (criticism and essays, 1980), A unicorn hunt (short stories, 1983), The dream compass (poetry, 1984), Ariadne's thread (criticism and essays, 1985), Hypnopolis (poetry, 1986), Underground palace (essays, 1987), Demons and Galaxies (study, 1988), Planet in Panic (poetry, 1989), Aldebaran (notes and travelogue, 1991), The Mythical axis of the World (criticism and essays 1993), Risks of the Trade (poetry, 1993), My cousin Emilia (novel, 1994), Panics (poetry, 1995), The court poet in a flying machine (novel, 1996), Stories from Paris (notes and travelogue, 1997), Astrolab (criticism and essays, 2000), Wild league (novel, 2000). Has compiled a number of anthologies: The Black Bull of Summer (1963), French Poetry - 20th century, Black Tower (1976), Contemporary Macedonian Poetry (in Serbo-Croation, 1978), Cosmos in the Barn (in Dutch, 1980), Tower (in Uzbek language, 1981).

Awards include: "Miladinov Brothers" (1967, 1973 and 1986), "Grigor Prlicev" (1974 and 1989), "Racinovo priznanie", "Kiril Pejcinovic - Tetoec" and the Awards by "Mladost" and "Nolit".

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