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No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

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Behrouz Boochani: No Friend But the Mountains

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760780852
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 31/07/2018
  • Category: Biography & True Stories / True stories
    Biography & True Stories / Diaries, letters & journals
  • Imprint: Picador Australia
  • Price: $12.99

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?

PRAISE FOR NO FRIEND BUT 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, author of the award-winning Jewels and Ashes and Cafe Scheherazade

"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 Information

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).

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.

AUTHOR EVENTS

16 August 2018

Join Eltham Bookshop, Eltham College, Montmorency Asylum Seekers Group, Do Justice Group, St Margaret's Anglican Church and Diamond Valley Oxfam for a significant celebration of Behrouz Boochani's new book, No Friend But the Mountains. Keynote speakers: Julian Burnside QC and author Arnold Zable. Entry: $45.00 per single/couple includes one copy of the book or one $30.00 gift voucher and light refreshments. Free Entry for Eltham College students.

6:30 PM

The Clark Auditorium, Eltham College
1660 Main Road, Research VIC 3095 Website



29 August 2018

Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani and translator Omid Tofighian talk to human rights advocate Arnold Zable about Boochani's new book No Friend but the Mountains, his creativity in the face of adversity, and those exiled on Manus Island.

8:30 PM

The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Website



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