So you’re forcing me to choose then, between the silence of prison and the noise of the regime?
- If I were you, I’d be more worried about the silence of the grave.
Extract from the novel ‘The Silence and the Roar’ by Nihad Sirees
Fathi, a writer no longer permitted to write, makes his way through a city churned by parades for an unnamed dictator. It is a day stifled by heat and the noise of the chants, a day of people trampled, and of the brutality and bullying of the party faithful. But Fathi presses treacherously against the crowd, attempting just to visit his mother and his girlfriend.
Translated from the Arabic by Max Weiss
Publication date: 10th January 2013
Winner of the English PEN Award 2012