The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (Hardback)Viet Thanh Nguyen (editor)
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A landmark new collection, bringing refugee writers together to explore their experiences. 10% of all worldwide sales of The Displaced will be going to the International Rescue Committee.
In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year.
The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained.
In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience.
Featuring original essays by a collection of writers from around the world, The Displaced is an indictment of closing our doors, and a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge.
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 210 x 140 mm
'The stories are beautifully, and often angrily, told, and felt, and add up collectively to documentary proof of the possibilities - of empathy and humanity' - The Observer
'In this collection of 17 essays (one consisting of cartoons) by writers who were forced to leave their homes, Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer-winning novelist and himself a Vietnamese refugee to America, begins to assemble one. In so doing he gives ordinary Westerners a heart-wrenching insight into the uprooted lives led in their midst...the collection succeeds in demonstrating that this dispersed community in some ways resembles other nations. It has its founding myths, but its citizens all have their own tragedies, victories and pain-and each has a story to tell.' - The Economist
'At a time when empathy is at an all-time low for people seeking refuge from war, oppression and violence, this is is a key read.' - Stylist magazine
'...an incisive and heartbreaking exploration of the refugee crisis...' - Bustle
'Each essay is worthwhile." - Lit Hub "Together, the stories share similar threads of loss and adjustment, of the confusion of identity, of wounds that heal and those that don't, of the scars that remain.' - The San Francisco Chronicle
'In a decade characterized by massive global displacement that seems likely to grow worse, this collection is both a reminder of the lives altered or destroyed by geopolitical happenings, and a gesture of aid.' - The Millions
'Poignant and timely, these essays ask us to live with our eyes wide open during a time of geo-political crisis.' - Electric Literature
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