The Award-winning International Bestselling Story of One Man's Six Year Detention in Australia
In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani sought asylum in Australia but was instead illegally imprisoned in the country's most notorious detention centre on Manus Island. He has been there ever since. This book is the result.
Behrouz Boochani spent nearly five years typing passages of this book one text at a time from a secret mobile phone in prison. Compiled and translated from Farsi, they form an incredible story of how escaping political persecution in Iran, he ended up trapped as a stateless person. This vivid, gripping portrait of his years of incarceration and exile shines devastating light on the fates of so many people as borders close around the world.
No Friend but the Mountains is both a brave act of witness and a moving testament to the humanity of all people, in the most extreme of circumstances.
'A brilliant book. No Friend but the Mountains can rightly take its place on the shelf of world prison literature . . . It is a profound victory for a young poet who showed us all how much words can still matter.' - Richard Flanagan, Booker Prize winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 296 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 27 mm
The systems of containment and control that the rich world applies to many thousands of migrants and refugees work by reducing people to a faceless presence to either be feared or pitied, but never listened to. In the face of this oppression, Behrouz Boochani's lyrical yet unsparing account is a vital act of resistance, and a unique examination of people pushed to life's extremes. -- Daniel Trilling, author of Lights in the Distance
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 *
This is a brilliant book. No Friend but the Mountains is a book that can rightly take its place on the shelf of world prison literature, alongside such diverse works as Oscar Wilde's De Profundis, Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks, Ray Parkin's Into The Smother, Wole Soyinka's The Man Died, and Martin Luther King Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail . . . It is a profound victory for a young poet who showed us all how much words can still matter. -- Richard Flanagan, Booker Prize winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Boochani has created a book that resists classification. It overlaps with genres such as prison literature, philosophical fiction, clandestine philosophical literature, prison narratives, Australian dissident writing, Iranian political art, transnational literature, decolonial writing and the Kurdish literary tradition. * Guardian *
A terrific book, extraordinary not only because of the near-impossible conditions in which it was written, but because it's gripping, raw, honest, brutal and also deeply humane, poetic, spirited and even at times humorous. It's a searing indictment of indefinite detention (something that still exists in the UK) and a reminder of what happens when we stop seeing migrants as human beings. -- Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane