Refugees bring with them a new culture, language and perspective. The writer in exile can be a link between cultures, nations and peoples. Exile is one of the earliest phenomena of human existence.
In this book, recent refugees describe their lives in fiction, poetry and memories. Most of the contributors are well-known in their countries of origin – Miroslav Jancic (Bosnia), Sherko Bekas (Kurdistan), Buland Al-Haidari (Iraq), Pius Ngandu Nkashama (Zaire), Maxamed Ibraahim ‘Hadraawi’ (Somalia) and many more.
As well as refugees’ own writing, The Bend In The Road includes an outline of the political history and literary tradition of the countries covered.
Jennifer Langer, herself the daughter of refugees, works in refugee education in London.
“This book should be compulsory reading for every Home Office official and immigration appeals adjudicator.” Race and Class.
“The breadth of the material is impressive.” Times Educational Supplement.
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