No Friend But the Mountains

Writing from Manus Prison
by Behrouz Boochani
$32.99

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

Publication Date: July 31, 2018

ISBN: 9781760555382

Binding: Paperback

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WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY PRIZE 2019 FOR LITERATURE AND FOR NON-FICTION 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 "Boochani has produced a literary, journalistic and philosophical tour de force. It may well stand as one of the most important books published in Australia in two decades..." The Saturday Paper "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 "a shattering book every Australian should read" Benjamin Law (@mrbenjaminlaw) "In the absence of images, turn to this book to fathom what we have done, what we continue to do. It is, put simply, the most extraordinary and important book I have ever read." Good Reading Magazine (starred review) "Brilliant writing. Brilliant thinking. Brilliant courage." Professor Marcia Langton AM (@marcialangton) "Not for the faint-hearted, it's a powerful, devastating insight into a situation that's so often seen through a political - not personal - lens." GQ Australia