Refugees & asylum seekers in fiction

 Read reviewBlack Rock White City

Black Rock White City

A.S. Patric

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as...

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 Read reviewA Country Too Far

A Country Too Far

Thomas Keneally, Rosie Scott

One of the central moral issues of our time is the question of asylum seekers, arguably the most controversial subject in Australia today.

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Violin Lessons

Violin Lessons

Arnold Zable

A young boy plays the violin for his mother in Melbourne. Nina Simone sings 'Pirate Jenny' in a bar in Berlin. A fisherman plays a flute on the Mekong. And the strains of Paganini resonate in the forests of eastern Poland.

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an...

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What is the What

What is the What

Dave Eggers

Valentino Achak Deng is just a boy when conflict separates him from his family and forces him to leave his small Sudanese village, joining thousands of other orphans on their long, long walk to Ethiopia, where they find safety -...

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 Read reviewThe Boat

The Boat

Nam Le

A dazzling, emotionally riveting tour de force, the seven stories in The Boat take readers across ethnic, cultural, and linguistic barriers as they enter the hearts and minds of characters from all over the world.

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Foreign Soil

Maxine Beneba Clarke

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the...

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Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

Jhumpa Lahiri

The Number One New York Times bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The NamesakeWinner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book

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Honour

Honour

Elif Shafak

Leaving her twin sister behind, Pembe leaves Turkey for love - following her husband Adem to London. There the Topraks hope to make new lives for themselves and their children. Yet, no matter how far they travel, the traditions...

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Under the Udala Trees

Under the Udala Trees

Chinelo Okparanta

Inspired by her mother s stories of war and Nigeria s folktale traditions, Under the Udala Trees is Chinelo Okparanta sdeeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly

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