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PEN World Voices Festival presents
Still, They Persisted
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 5:00PM

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Where do people find the inner resources, the determination, the doggedness and the sheer physical wherewithal to keep going in the face of adversity and torment? Each of these writers tells compelling stories of epic feats of persistence. Sharon Bala’s boatload of Sri Lankan refugees lands in Canada but instead of receiving sanctuary, they are imprisoned because of fears that their group includes terrorists; their quest for freedom moves to the courts. Marcos Aguinis tells the extraordinary story of the Jewish intellectual who resisted the tortures of the Spanish Inquisitors in 17th-century Argentina and fought to retain his faith. The common theme is the almost superhuman effort of individuals to persist in the face of danger and death.

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