April 04, 2020
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'Only Connect'

Not all want Amitav Ghosh to refuse the Dan David Prize. The President of PEN America addressed the issue in his speech at the opening of the PEN festival

'Only Connect'
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The literary community in this country does not speak with one voice on the question of Palestine. But I want to be clear about where the PEN American Center stands on one aspect of this vexed issue. We have to stand, as we have stood from the very beginning, against the very idea of a cultural boycott. We have to continue to say: Only connect. We have to stick with our founding conviction that writers must reach out across nations. To stand anywhere else would be to betray our history and our mission.

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