Which Country is Most Hostile to Literary Life?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Numerous regimes oppress writers through economic deprivation, censorship, or criminalizing literary activities.

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

In today’s feature story, “Myanmar’s Literati Shake Off Past, Look to Future,” several writers discuss reveling in their new found literary freedom after years of struggling under an oppressive regime.

Around the world, regimes come and go, some more oppressive to writers than others. This can take the form of economic deprivation, censorship, or criminalizing literary activities.

Which developed country, in your opinion, is most hostile to literary life, and why?

My candidate, North Korea, thought at the same time you might be surprised by some of the creativity of the regime in crafting stories. (For a glimpse, take a look at our earlier story, “Frogs in a Well: Literary Life in North Korea”).

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.