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The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives Hardcover – April 10, 2018
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"The book is being published at a time when discourse around refugees has shifted distressingly in the Trump era, with new caps on refugee settlement being instituted and immigration bans remaining clear policy positions.” ― Entertainment Weekly
“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
“…an incisive and heartbreaking exploration of the refugee crisis…” ― Bustle
“With more than a dozen essays on refugees from writers throughout the world, the collection — edited by Nguyen — attempts a vital task: to give voice to the oft-silenced and to redirect the current stream of anti-refugee rhetoric and sentiment in a more just and humanizing direction. The end result is an accessible and engaging dialogue that mines memories, many of them traumatic, and delivers on its global message of displacement and loss... it goes without saying that Nguyen’s collection, with its unapologetic repositioning of the refugee front and center, couldn’t have arrived at a more critical time.” ― The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“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
“This heartrending, thought-provoking collection of essays humanizes the refugee experience, describing harrowing escapes, economically driven evacuations, and wartime disasters.” ― School Library Journal
“This heartbreaking collection of essays humanizes the refugee experience…" ― Library Journal
“Powerful and deeply moving personal stories about the physical and emotional toll one endures when forced out of one’s homeland.” ― PBS Online
“Poignant and timely, these essays ask us to live with our eyes wide open during a time of geo-political crisis. Also, 10% of the cover price of the book will be donated annually to the International Rescue Committee, so I hope readers will help support this book and the vast range of voices that fill its pages.” ― Electric Literature
“Nguyen and 17 other writers share their own experiences with displacement and immigration, and their… stories remind us why every culture needs newcomers.” ― The Week
“Each essay is worthwhile.” ― Literary Hub
“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
“The essays are consistently both eloquent and riveting.” ― World Literature Today
About the Author
- ASIN : 1419729489
- Publisher : Abrams Press; 1st Edition (April 10, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781419729485
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419729485
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #846,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was moved to tears more than once. More importantly, also inspired to continue action.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hearing the stories of other people (are you a fan of Humans of New York?), and for anyone who would benefit from contemplating the experience of humans forced to leave their homes and make a new home in a foreign country. In other words, everyone should read this book.
I am grateful to Netgalley and Abrams Press for providing an abridged digital copy (containing 10 of the 20 essays) of this book free of charge. My opinions are my own.
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I meant I could read a bit and do some thinking first and find out more background information