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Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

For decades, the writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was banned in the Soviet Union. She wrote stories about domestic despair and Soviet censors demanded optimism. Today she's a living legend in Russia. Kiera Feldman reports.

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Lack of reading in the Arab world

A recent UN report suggests that less than 2% of the population in the Arab world reads even one book a year and that one-third of Arabs are illiterate. The BBC's Lina Sinjab reports from Damascus on what some Arabs see as a 'reading crisis.'