2018 : DÉDICACE de Heather O'Neill à Razan Zaitouneh (SYRIE)
   

 

This book was inspired by my own childhood and some of the hardships I faced. My main character, Baby, was a ray of light that lead me. through the transformative magic of words, to a special, illuminated life. I believe that the voices of the oppressed, the erased, the marginalized, are what give literature its great power. I stand behind you and your sacrifices and boldness, and pray that the freedom to write your own truths is granted to you.

Heather O’Neil





 
  Heather O’Neil
(Québec)

   

Razan Zaitouneh
(Syrie)

 
 

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Heather O'Neill is a novelist, short story writer, screenwriter and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, Daydreams of Angels, and The Lonely Hearts Hotel, has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Fiction, The Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize in two consecutive years, and has won CBC Canada Reads, The Paragraphe MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Danuta Gleed Award. Her latest novel is The Lonely Hearts Hotel. Born and Raised in Montreal, O'Neill lives there today.

 

 

L’avocate, journaliste et militante des droits humains Razan Zaitouneh, née en Syrie en 1977, est portée disparue depuis décembre 2013. Partisane de la non-violence, elle s’occupait des prisonniers politiques. Dès 2002, il lui est interdit de quitter le territoire syrien. Membre de plusieurs organisations humanitaires, elle a été accusée par les forces gouvernementales d’être un agent étranger et s’est ensuite cachée pour leur échapper. En 2013, elle a été enlevée par des inconnus et on craint toujours pour sa vie. Elle a reçu plusieurs prix dont le Sakharov pour la liberté de pensée (2011) et le prix international Femme de courage (2013)

Sources :  Amnistie internationale/PEN International