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No Friend But the Mountains
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison | Behrouz Boochani
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Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains... In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since. People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests... This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile. Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains? PRAISE FOR NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS "A chant, a cry from the heart, a lament, fuelled by a fierce urgency, written with the lyricism of a poet, the literary skills of a novelist, and the profound insights of an astute observer of human behaviour and the ruthless politics of a cruel and unjust imprisonment." Arnold Zable, author of the award-winning Jewels and Ashes and Cafe Scheherazade
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rmaclean4
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This is the week that I finish this amazing book. Told by a Kurdish poet that is being held on an island off the coast of Australia. How the world deals with war refugees is the question of this moment in history. #NFNov #nonfictionnovember

rsteve388 6 pts. 1mo
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Joanne1
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Pickpick

The fact that this book even exists is a remarkable feat of determination and inner strength. Boochani write this entirely on a contraband mobile phone send as 100,000s what‘s app messages in Farsi to his interpreter. It‘s poetic and devastating I‘m and shows the cruelty with which the Australian government set out to break already traumatised and desperate refugees.

MrsMalaprop Such an incredible feat. I‘m going to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival later this month, where he will be headlining, via WhatsApp! So messed up. Talk about a ‘check your privilege‘ moment 🙁. 2mo
Tamra Amazing! 2mo
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Joanne1
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The fact that this book even exists is a remarkable feat of determination and inner strength. Boochani write this entirely on a contraband mobile phone send as 100,000s what‘s app messages in Farsi to his interpreter. It‘s poetic and devastating and shows the cruelty with which the Australian government set out to break already traumatised and desperate refugees.

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rmaclean4
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#readingproblem when almost all your holds come into the library at one time. I know what I will be doing this weekend!! This is why I need to retire...so many great books to read!

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Joanne1
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Oh man I could not be more angry or ashamed of my own government as I‘ve been listening to this audiobook. The cruelty for cruelty‘s sake is breathtaking.

Rissreads I've been holding off reading this because I'm sure it will make me so sad and mad. 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Another book on my ‘want-to-read‘ list, after seeing @MrsMalaprop and @Abailliekaras reviews.
Behrouz Boochani spent almost five years typing passages of his book into a mobile phone! ‘The book was written in Farsi during the years in which Boochani was held in the now-closed detention centre, mostly through WhatsApp messages sent to the translator, Omid Tofighian.‘

#LetsTravelJuly #Mountains

Cathythoughts I see I have it stacked too ♥️👍🏻 5mo
MrsMalaprop I see he is headlining at the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival via WhatsApp this year, which I am lucky enough to be going to in October. So sad and ashamed of our government‘s treatment of refugees 😢. 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Incredible that the book was written that way. And also incredibly sad-the whole situation. 😢 5mo
Abailliekaras I‘m still not over this book. 😢 5mo
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Cinfhen
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#WanderingJune Yesterday‘s #BookMail works perfectly for today‘s #DownUnder prompt #kismet Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist, seeks refuge in Australia but is held in Manus Island Prison for no cause. He secretly smuggled out his harrowing account which is this book. I was first made aware of this memoir from @Abailliekaras who wrote a beautiful review on Litsy.

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 looks like an important read. 5mo
BarbaraBB This sounds real good indeed. 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good, stacking! 5mo
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Cathythoughts I agree with you all ♥️stacking 5mo
Joanne1 The fact he wrote this book as text messages in his phone that he sent to a friend to piece together blows my mind. Important and incredible. #bringthemhere 5mo
Dragonfairykats My library doesn't have this ☹ 5mo
BarbaraBB @Joanne1 That‘s incredible. 💔 5mo
Abailliekaras I‘m still reeling from this book! And troubled that his situation hasn‘t changed. 5mo
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MrsMalaprop
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*From Behrouz‘s Facebook page today.

For those in Canada & the US.

This first hand account of the impact of Australia‘s offshore detention policy is definitely worth a read. 😢😡

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Lauredhel
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Read for #readharder2019. Smuggled out as WhatsApp messages, the book is a mythic, poetic, harsh close up look of life in Manus Prison. The author is a Kurdish asylum seeker locked up for no crime.

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Lauredhel
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With the horrifying uptick in self harm amongst concentration camp inmates since the election, all Australians should read this book. But I'm guessing they won't. #aussiesrule2019 #readharder2019

JennyM 💔 6mo
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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

Behrouz Boochani seeks refuge in Australia but is held in Manus Island Prison. Horrifying, shameful for us Australians & a harrowing read, but also beautiful & compelling. We‘re lucky to have an intellectual, creative voice telling us his story. I was shocked by the cruelty (worse than I expected) & Kafkaesque way no guard is accountable (it‘s ‘the Boss‘). Worst is the uncertainty of their status: it causes stress, hopelessness & a wish to die.

Cinfhen Sounds like a really difficult but necessary read 8mo
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen it is heart-breaking! But yes, essential for Australians especially. 😭 8mo
Emilymdxn Horrible topic but important to shed light on injustice by reading the stories people share 😞 8mo
Abailliekaras @Emilymdxn it really is. And despite the subject-matter and the fact it will break you, it‘s an e gaging read and his knowledge & intellect elevate it above just an account of his prison experience. 8mo
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MrsMalaprop
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I dare anyone to read this first hand account of the impact if Australia‘s “offshore processing” regime and not be moved; not be utterly convinced of how unjust and inhumane it is.

Boochani writes beautiful prose interspersed with poetry. He writes of his perilous journey from Indonesia by boat, his arrival on Australian land & then his time detained on Manus Island. He now lives in the community on Manus in terrible limbo. So so wrong. 😞

JennyM This would break my heart. I read last year the 👉🏻 It might be a good follow up to read 10mo
MrsMalaprop @JennyM Yes, it‘s quite devastating 😔. Will add that one to my stack. 9mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Monday #booknlunch 😋.

There have been times while reading this book and eating that I‘ve had to put the book aside as the subject matter is so distressing or disgusting.

Let‘s see how we go today...

#currentlyreading #currentlyeating

Cinfhen Great photo 10mo
Bklover Lunch looks yummy! 10mo
pocketmermaid I want to eat everything on that plate! 10mo
Gillyreads I‘m planning to read this soon 10mo
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MrsMalaprop
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😢 Stuck on Manus Island. Trauma on top of trauma.

I just don‘t understand Australia‘s tough and inhumane refugee policies. We have so much here and so much to share.

#currentlyreading

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MrsMalaprop
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#upnext Had to bump this up the list. It has just won a literary prize here in Australia and the story behind the writing of the book is extraordinary (see link below if you‘d like to find out more).

Our government‘s refugee policies make me hang my head in shame 😓.

https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2019/feb/01/a-victory-for-humanity-behr...

AmberWB Wow- this sounds amazing... 10mo
Tamra I‘m anxious to get my hands on this! 10mo
LeeRHarry Reading this later in the year for bookgroup - should be an interesting read that‘s for sure ! 10mo
Freespirit I feel the same as you @MrsMalaprop need to read this! 10mo
Jeg Will be interested to hear how you find this book. It‘s amazing how it was written. 10mo
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Tonton

Read this and weep. Composed by texting lines at a time. Wake up Australia. Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/31/behrouz-boochani-asylum-seeker-man...

Tonton Long list to browse at end of article! 10mo
Suet624 Holy cow. Stacked. 10mo
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ClairesReads
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it feels inappropriate to give a star rating to someone‘s story of human suffering like this. So in that sense, my rating is not an expression of the quality of this narrative, but the significance of this text. No Friend But the Mountains is an important story, about refugee experience in Australia. It is a harrowing story, and one which we must engage with critically, in order to restore humanity, to the way we treat those who need it most.

Freespirit One for the TBR pile definitely 11mo
ClairesReads @Freespirit absolutely! 11mo
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ClairesReads
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This is why this book is so important

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ClairesReads
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The writing in this book is 🔥

LeeRHarry This is one of my bookgroup‘s books this year - looks like a good one, particularly after hearing how it came to be a book. 11mo
ClairesReads @LeeRHarry it really is Lee. It‘s quite a harrowing read, but it‘s incredibly beautifully written and there‘s some nice intro-concluding comments about the writing and translating of the book. 11mo
LeeRHarry @ClairesReads should also promote some good discussion too by the looks of it 😊 11mo
ClairesReads @LeeRHarry definitely- there is so much to discuss in this. I look forward to hearing what your bookclub makes of t 11mo
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ClairesReads
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This is it.

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ClairesReads
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Next up- a book written in prison for #readharder2019 this one comes sponsored by the book voucher my favourite student gifted me at the end of last year 💕

MrsMalaprop I just bought this. 11mo
Tamra Wow, sounds harrowing! 11mo
ClairesReads @MrsMalaprop it‘s an astounding read- I hope you find it so too 11mo
ClairesReads @Tamra it absolutely is! But important! 11mo
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MrsMalaprop
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#bookhaul from tonight‘s after dinner Indi bookshop visit. I really neeeeded these two. I see @Sue is onto them both.

The tagged book has popped up a number of times lately as a ‘must read‘ and Too Much Lip is the latest novel by Aboriginal Australian author of Mullumbimby, Melissa Lucashenko. #ozfiction👏😍📚

Rissreads Which bookshop did you visit? I only just added these books to my Litsy tbr today! 11mo
MrsMalaprop @Rissreads Crow in East Vic Park. My fave 😍. 11mo
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop I haven‘t been there in a long time. I might just have to go this week! 🤣 11mo
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Sue Good choices! They are both excellent. I was lucky enough to be at an event a few months ago and hear Behrouz Boochani speak (Skyping in from Manus). It‘s definitely time to #bringthemhome 11mo
MrsMalaprop @Rissreads Have you checked out Rabble in Maylands? Maybe we could do that one day? 11mo
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop nope! It‘s a date!😘 11mo
MrsMalaprop @Rissreads Let‘s do it! 11mo
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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @Sue :
Attention Aussie and particularly Brissie Littens!

I‘ve been working with the local office of Amnesty International to put together a book club! This book will be out first one, and we will be meeting on Nov 10 at @avidreader at 2 pm to have a chat about it. I have a Facebook page called Amnesty Bookclub - Qld if you would like to check it out.

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Sue
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Attention Aussie and particularly Brissie Littens!

I‘ve been working with the local office of Amnesty International to put together a book club! This book will be out first one, and we will be meeting on Nov 10 at @avidreader at 2 pm to have a chat about it. I have a Facebook page called Amnesty Bookclub - Qld if you would like to check it out.

GlassAsDiamonds If you had enough participants, would you be interested in Litsy Buddy reads for people unable to get to QLD? 14mo
GlassAsDiamonds Having tech issues with this comment 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Would you be interesting in adding a Litsy Buddy read on for people interested but unable to get to QLD? 14mo
GlassAsDiamonds Argh!!!! Third time: Litsy Buddy read.... would you consider one for those of us unable to get to QLD?? 14mo
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Sue @GlassAsDiamonds Definitely! I‘m planning on posting the topics that we talk about on the Facebook page, but I‘m happy to chat here as well 😊 (edited) 14mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Sue oh and look, all three posted...🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ My Facebook page is a constant war of keeping the colleagues from the crazy family... Litsy is so much nicer!!! 😂😂😂 14mo
Sue @GlassAsDiamonds I do understand - I created a new Facebook profile. I can‘t deal with my family on social media and the final straw was my 50 yr old cousin setting up a Facebook event for his father‘s funeral. 😳 14mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Sue that‘s not a bad idea!!! I‘ve woken up to dozens of incensed messages (outside FB!!) from friends after an uncle went off on an unhinged anti-cat rant on a post of mine about my rescue cats 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️. “At least it‘s nominally less offensive than his politics” didn‘t really work! 14mo
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Sue
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I should not start reading this tonight ....

(thanks for the lightning fast delivery @avidreader !)

MStew I need and want this book!!😍sounds amazing 1y
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neet_reads
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Saw this tweet the other day & not only liked and retweeted it, but took a screenshot so that I could use it for #AugustIsATrip #Mountains

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