Autodafe seeks to re-activate communication where censorship
has been put in place and where the Mass Media has taken over control
of the word. The journal brings together writers who enjoy wide recognition
and writers who are subject to the silence and asphyxiation of censorship,
imprisonment or harassment.
The journal aims to provide a forum of communication not only for individuals
but also for peoples. It allows people to voice their experiences, it
enables the silence to be broken. Cultures and languages threatened
with extinction can speak through its pages.
"Writers are citizens of many countries: the finite and frontiered
country of observable reality and everyday life, the boundless kingdom
of the imagination, the half-lost land of memory, the federations of
the heart which are both hot and cold, the united states of the mind
(calm and turbulent, broad and narrow, ordered and deranged), the celestial
and infernal nations of desire, and - perhaps the most important of
all our habitations - the unfettered republic of the tongue...
Our Parliament of Writers exists to fight for oppressed writers and
against all those who persecute them and their work, and to renew continually
the declaration of independence without which writing is impossible;
and not only writing, but dreaming; and not only dreaming, but thought;
and not only thought, but liberty itself."
It will be published in seven countries: by Agra Publications in Athens;
by Anagramma in Barcelona; by Feltrinelli in Milan; by Seven Stories
Press in New York; by Serpent's Tail in London; in Portugal and by Denoel
The International Parliament of Writers brings together many of the
finest writers in the world today. Through the network of cities and
refuges that has been created the Parliament aims to develop solidarity
for writers who suffer from censorship and persecution, defending the
freedom of the written word whenever this is put under threat.