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No Friend But The Mountains (Behrouz Boochani) Book Launch

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre, B01

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The School of Law is honoured to be hosting the first London launch of Behrouz Boochani’s multi-award winning book No Friend But The Mountains (Picador)No Friend But the Mountains gives an intimate and insightful account of everyday life in Australia’s notorious prison for refugees and asylum-seekers on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, where Boochani was detained from 2013 until its closure in 2017. Without regular access to a computer in detention, Boochani wrote the book by sending WhatsApp messages to his translator. The book is a stunning act of survival and resistance.

Join us for a panel discussion with Behrouz Boochani (via Skype), his translator Omid Tofighian, and Sarah Keenan, Nadine El-Enany, Monish Bhatia, and Stewart Motha (Birkbeck) as they discuss the book, its intellectual and political contribution and its pedagogical power. The event will be chaired by Daniel Trilling, author of Lights In The Distance: Exile and Refuge At The Borders of Europe, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing.


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