Behrouz Boochani’s ‘No Friend but the Mountains’ Canberra Book Launch

Join us for the Canberra launch of No Friend but the Mountains, the remarkable memoir written by Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani and translated by Omid Tofighian.

6:30pm Thursday 27 September, Allan Barton Forum, CBE Building, ANU. A limited number of books will be available to purchase on the night. No need to RSVP. Refreshments will be provided.

Launching the book will be political journalist and commentator Paul Bongiorno, translation consultant and Refugee Welcome Centre coordinator Moones Mansoubi, and Behrouz Boochani himself from Manus Island via Skype.

In 2013 Behrouz was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has remained there ever since.

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.

“A cry from the heart… 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

“Our government jailed his body, but his soul remained that of a free man.” – Richard Flanagan

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