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No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from…

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

by Behrouz Boochani

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"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?"--Publisher's summary.… (more)
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Harrowing tale from a refugee on Manus Island. ( )
  brakketh | Nov 2, 2019 |
Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish journalist who is still imprisoned on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea as a result of the Australian Government's punitive policy toward asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat. This book is written in a poetic rather than pragmatic style, and it describes the desperate monotony and the systematic oppression of the Manus Prison System, which is apparently designed to break the spirits of its inmates. Boochani names other prisoners with titles like The Cow, The Hero, The Man with the Thick Moustache. With his life stuck in an eternal stinking, hopeless present, the author manages to find some delight in the jungle and the ocean surrounding the camp. ( )
2 vote questbird | Feb 25, 2019 |
Took a bit to get used to the style but every Australian should read this before deciding whether they agree with the off-shore solution as defined by successive Australian governments. ( )
1 vote ElizabethCromb | Dec 27, 2018 |
What an achievement! Documenting the legal cruelty of Australia's "Stop The Boats" policy, Boochani exposes the awful reality of these concentration camps (styled "detention centres" with Orwellian resonance). These are not mere prisons, and Boochani shows us what they really are--facilities for the destruction of the human spirit. All the twisted cruelties of power without responsibility, the caprice of meaningless and constantly changing rules and routines, casual pointless violence. Soul destroying? That's the clear intention, too stark to dismiss as negligent incompetence. Every Australian should read this. And Boochani should get the Nobel Prize for Literature. As a piece of writing, this book is a phenomenon. ( )
1 vote PhilipJHunt | Nov 1, 2018 |
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