Refugees & asylum seekers in fiction

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's deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.

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The Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

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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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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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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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Under the Almond Tree

Under the Almond Tree

Laura McVeigh

The poignant story of a refugee Afghan family fleeing the Taliban in the 1990s, travelling back and forth on the Trans-Siberian Express across Russia. Narrated by 15 year-old daughter Samar, the family storyteller, we quickly come...

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Madeleine Thien

In Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming.  

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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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The Other Hand

Chris Cleave

The bestselling second novel from the author of GOLD and INCENDIARY.

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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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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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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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Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue

A powerful and timely story of marriage, class, race and the pursuit of the American Dream. Behold the Dreamers is a dazzling debut novel about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - and of what we're prepared to sacrifice...

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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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A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

A riveting and powerful story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship and an indestructible love

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 Read reviewExtraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe

Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe

Romain Puertolas

One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand new bed of nails.

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Monsieur Linh and His Child

Monsieur Linh and His Child

Philippe Claudel, Professor Euan Cameron

Monsieur Linh and His Child is a remarkable novel with an extraordinary twist, a subtle portrait of friendship and a dialogue between two cultures.

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