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Viewing Entry - No friend but the mountains (VA13733)
by Boochani, Behrouz.

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TitleNo friend but the mountains : writing from Manus prison
Author / Responsible partyBoochani, Behrouz.
TopicsAutobiography. Manus Island Regional Offshore Processing Centre. Refugees, Kurdish -- Biography. Political refugees -- Australia -- Anecdotes. Detention of persons -- Papua New Guinea -- Manus Island.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVision Australia Information Library Service


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? (Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature, and the Prize for Non-Fiction at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019.)

Additional Information

System control numberVA13733
Original Print PublisherSydney, New South Wales : Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd, 2018.
NarratorTony Thomas.
Narrator NameTony Thomas.
Participant or performer noteTony Thomas.
Narrators GenderMale narrator