Faraj BAYRAKDAR

 

Faraj BAYRAKDAR is a Syrian writer, author of five books of poetry and one of prose. Imprisoned by the Syrian authorities in 1987, he was only set free 14 years later, thanks to an international campaign that involved human rights and free speech organizations as well as writers and artists. Among his awards: the 1998 Hellman-Hammet grant; the 1999 International PEN Award – American Center West; the 2004 Free Word Award from NOVIB – Netherlands; the 2006 Oxfam Novib / PEN Freedom of Expression Award Netherlands; and the 2007 Tucholsky Prize – Sweden. He has lived in Sweden since 2005.

 

Faraj bayrakdar © photo by Mohammad Osman

 

poems translated with the support of BOZAR (www.bozar.be) 

 

 

 

 

  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • Fins Cultureel Instituut | Institut Culturel Finlandais
  • Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels
  • Austrian Cultural Forum
  • Estonian Presidency of the EU
  • Ambassade du Luxembourg à Bruxelles
  • Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe
  • Instituto Cervantes de Bruselas
  • Czech Centre Brussels
  • Commission européenne
  • Embassy of Iceland | Icelandic Mission to the EU
  • Etxepare Euskal Institutua
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union
  • Camões Instituto de Cooperação e Língua Portugal
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union
  • Mission of the Faroes to the EU
  • Balassi Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels
  • Yunus Emre Institute
  • Orfeu - Livraria Portuguesa
  • Polish Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels
  • South-Moravia Region Office in Brussels