Freedom, Only Freedom: The Prison Writings of Behrouz Boochani

Behrouz Boochani

Freedom, Only Freedom: The Prison Writings of Behrouz Boochani
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
United Kingdom
15 November 2022

Freedom, Only Freedom: The Prison Writings of Behrouz Boochani

Behrouz Boochani

Over six years of imprisonment on Australia’s offshore migrant detention centre, the Kurdish Iranian journalist and writer Behrouz Boochani bore personal witness to the suffering and degradation inflicted on him and his fellow refugees, culminating eventually in his prize-winning book - No Friend but the Mountains - which was painstakingly typed out in text messages while he was incarcerated.

In the articles, essays, and poems he wrote while detained, he emerged as both a tenacious campaigner and activist, as well as a deeply humane voice which speaks for the indignity and plight of the many thousands of detained migrants across the world.

In this book, his collected writings are combined with essays from experts on migration, refugee rights, politics, and literature. Together, they provide a moving, creative, and challenging account of not only one writer’s harrowing experience and inspiring resilience, but the wider structures of violence which hold thousands of human beings in a state of misery in migrant camps throughout the western hemisphere and beyond.

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