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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: 29th May 2018
ISBN: 9781760555382
Number Of Pages: 416

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Winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Non-fiction and Literature

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.

I shed many tears as I read this book. I loved the poetry.

5

It is a long time since I have been moved by reading a good book. I feel sad to read of this man's ordeal and worry that he is not in Australia. A beautiful book. A must read for all Australians.

Red Rock nsw

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Manus from the inside - a revelation

5

For anyone seeking the truth about the effects of Australia's immigration policy and detention centres, this book is a must-read. Sent out of Manus in the form of text messages from a mobile phone, and then translated from Parsi into English, this is a confrontingly direct and deeply thought-provoking first-hand account of the author and his companions' boat journey to Australia and their experiences thereafter. A highly gifted writer, Boochani incorporates lyrical poetry, musing about the depth of the culture he left behind and philosophising about the meaning and implications of all that he is going through, as well as telling descriptions of the characters in the camps and their varied reactions to the harshness and brutality to which they are subjected. He displays penetrating insight into human nature, and the glimpse he offers of Australia's darker side is very unsettling ....

Melbourne

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Truth versus politics

5

This overturns much of the propaganda associated with national refugee policies. They are refugees in spite of the hackneyed rhetoric about economic refugees and undercover terrorists. The truth is told by a very human humanitarian

Fremantle W.A.

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Edge of your Seat heartbreak

5

Written from the heart, it must be bad if your fleeing your home and getting on a boat that has a higher chance of sinking then it does arriving, only to be thrown in a prison for doing nothing wrong..... Edge of your seat stuff.....

Mount Gambier

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every Australian should read this

5

So beautifully written. Absolutely heart wrenching and eye opening. Every Australian should read this book.

Perth

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A must-read for anyone with a conscience

5

A chilling insight into the cruelty of Australia to allow this barbaric treatment of vulnerable people - beautifully written, honest and insightful.

Melbourne

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Painstaking review of shocking cruelty

4

Difficult to comprehend the cruelty we bring down on poor, unfortunate, innocent people.

Bellingen

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Literary masterpiece

5

This book is pure genius. Glorious language/

Perth

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A story that must be told

4

A rare insight by one who remains incarcerated. A tale of survival and injustices

Flinders View 4305

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Wow

5

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

Sydney

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ISBN: 9781760555382
ISBN-10: 176055538X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 29th May 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.51