Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...
In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since.
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
Join Writing Through Fences founder, Janet Galbraith, and translator Moones Mansoubi at the UNSW Kensington Campus, to hear them converse with Behrouz Boochani himself via Whatsapp. Special guest Martine Antle will briefly speak on exile and art. This event is presented by Live Crossings and UNSWriting. Copies of No Friend But the Mountains will be available for purchase.6:30 PM
Join the Fremantle Refugee Rights Action Network at the WA launch of Behrouz Boochani's new book, No Friend But the Mountains. This event will be hosted by award-winning Noongar author, Kim Scott, and include a video presentation from Boochani himself.6:30 PM