The Displaced

Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: BN13518
Released: May 15, 2018
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ISBN: #9781543698879
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""To become a refugee is to know, inevitably, that the past is not only marked by the passage of time, but by loss-the loss of loved ones, of countries, of identities, of selves. We want to give voice to all those losses that would other-wise remain unheard except by us and those near and dear to us." -Viet Thanh Nguyen, from the Introduction Today the world faces an enormous refugee crisis-22.5 million people, the highest number of refugees ever recorded, fleeing persecution and conflict from Myanmar to Syria. Yet the United States is increasingly closing its doors, reducing the number of refugees allowed to resettle here each year. Other countries, from the United Kingdom to Germany, have become less welcoming as well. In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers from around the world to explore and illuminate their experiences: Maaza Mengiste exhumes the human cost of a refugee's journey; Kao Kalia Yang recalls the courage of children in a camp in Thailand; Aleksandar Hemon recounts a fellow Bosnian's answer to his question, "How did you get here?"; Thi Bui offers two uniquely striking graphic panels; David Bezmozgis writes about uncovering new details about his past and attending a hearing for a new refugee. Poignant and insightful, this collection of essays reveals moments of uncertainty, resilience in the face of trauma, and a reimagining of identity. The Displaced is a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge."

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