Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015. The Belarusian author is celebrated for her writing about the post-Soviet world. In her books The Unwomanly Face of War, Boys in Zinc and Secondhand Time she chronicles the experience of ordinary people
Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, won seventeen literary prizes
Yuri Herrera is a bestselling Mexican writer currently based in the USA. His first novel Trabajos del reino won the 2003 Binacional de Novela/Border of Words and made Herrera one of the most famous writers in Latin America
Editorial: Taboo topics
Vital moments during our lifetimes are complicated by taboos about what we can and can’t talk about, and we end up making the wrong decisions just because we don’t get the full picture, says Rachael Jolley in the winter 2018 issue of Index on Censorship magazine
Sex and pregnancy continue to be taboo subjects around the world as a special report in Index on Censorship magazine shows. Fictional beliefs around sex education and reproductive health, combined with a lack of resources, are leading to sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and problems or death during pregnancy.
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Art has been used as a form of protest during times of crisis throughout history. It is a popular and, at times, effective platform to express opinions about societal or governmental problems, particularly when other forms of protest are not available. Protest art includes performances, site-specific installations, graffiti and street art.