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No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
Boochani, Behrouz
  • ISBN:
    9781760555382
    Paperback
    In Stock: 28
  • $37.98 
  • No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison



    Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

    Since 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has been held in the Manus Island offshore processing centre.

    People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

    This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

    Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains?

    'A chant, a cry from the heart, a lament, fuelled by a fierce urgency, written with the lyricism of a poet, the literary skills of a novelist, and the profound insights of an astute observer of human behaviour and the ruthless politics of a cruel and unjust imprisonment.' ARNOLD ZABLE

    PRAISE FOR NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS

    "In the absence of images, turn to this book to fathom what we have done, what we continue to do. It is, put simply, the most extraordinary and important book I have ever read." Good Reading Magazine (starred review)

    "Not for the faint-hearted, it's a powerful, devastating insight into a situation that's so often seen through a political - not personal - lens." GQ Australia

    "It is an unforgettable account of man's inhumanity to man that reads like something out of Orwell or Kafka, and is aptly described by Tofighian as 'horrific surrealism'. It is clear from Boochani's writing that he is a highly educated and philosophical man; he segues effortlessly between prose and poetry, both equally powerful." -The Australian Financial Review Magazine

    "Behrouz Boochani has written a book which is as powerful as it is poetic and moving. He describes his experience of living in a refugee prison with profound insight and intelligence." Queensland Reviewers Collective

    Author: Boochani, Behrouz
    Publication date: 31/07/2018
    Imprint: Picador Australia
    Pages: 416