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No Friend But the Mountains : Writing from Manus Prison - Behrouz Boochani

No Friend But the Mountains

Writing from Manus Prison

By: Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian (Translator)

Paperback Published: 8th March 2019
ISBN: 9781760555382
Number Of Pages: 416

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Non-fiction

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

About the Author

Behrouz Boochani holds a Masters degree in political geography and geopolitics. He is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, scholar, cultural advocate, writer and filmmaker, founder of the Kurdish language magazine Weya, an Honorary Member of PEN International. In 2013, he fled Iran and became a political prisoner of the Australian Government incarcerated in the Manus Regional Processing Centre (Papua New Guinea).

About the Translator

Translator Dr Omid Tofighian is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate based at the American University of Cairo and University of Sydney. His work combines philosophy with interests in rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement and discrimination. He contributes to community arts and cultural projects and works with asylum seekers, refugees and young people from Western Sydney. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles and is author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues (Palgrave 2016). He has translated a number of articles for Behrouz Boochani for the Guardian.




So glad i read this - should be obligatory reading for every Australian - esp any politician



Book of the year - 'No Friend but the Mountains' is stunning


This book is like an SOS in a bottle that has been pitched into the sea in a desperate effort of hope that SOMEONE will find it and render assistance. Deeply insightful, sensitive and poetic, Boochani the Journalist's very readable style of writing is in stark contrast with conditions of brutality, starvation, unrelenting heat, humidity and mosquitoes, the suffering of untreated medical and dental issues, the deliberate cruelty of overseers and the mental decline of fellow detainees. It is a gripping account of those brave men still held on Manus and all the more incredible that it was composed by text messages.

Sunshine Coast


A MUST read for all Australians


Behrouz Boochani lays bare the naked truth about Australia's treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island. Boochani provides an unflinching documentation of the inhumane, degrading and deplorable conditions that Australia's governments have subjected the people detained in Manus Prison to. As Australians, we should be ashamed and hold our government accountable to the atrocities committed in the name of "border protection".

Nightcliff, NT


Every Australian should read this


This book gave me further insight into asylum seekers but it also shines specific light into the consequences of the political decision to send asylum seekers into indefinite off shore detention. Boochani is a poet and a true story teller who is illuminates the nightmare he attempts to free himself from and the hell he arrives into. Every Australian should read this. Every Australian should know what is happening in their name to people like Boochani.

Yarra Valley


This book should be in Austraalian schools


This book should be in schools. It will become one of history's masterpieces.



Poetic and horrifying at the same time.


A vivid depiction of life on Manus Island in the early years. Expect to be shocked by the way people fleeing danger were treated.



A vital witness to Australia's human rights abuses


This book is superbly written. Boochani is poetical and analytical, and uniquely placed to record the ugliness of Australia's offshore immigration detention system. His testimony deserves its place in the prison literature pantheon, and he and his fellow prisoners deserve to be treated as human beings - something Australia has so far refused to do, but with this standard of writing, the world will be listening.



Powerful, beautiful, hearbreaking and challenging. Read now!


This book gives us insight into the trauma suffered by asylum seekers held in offshore detention by the Australian Government. Boochani is a talented and insightful writer whose observations of human strengths and weaknesses are profound.



No Friend But The Mountains - Behrouz Rouhani


An excellent expose on the cruelty that has been perpetrated on refugees in Manus and Nauru by successive Australian Governments.



Behrouz Rouhani


An excellent description of the horrors Australia has been prepared to inflict on innocent people in Manus and Nauru.




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ISBN: 9781760555382
ISBN-10: 176055538X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 8th March 2019
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.51