by Jennifer Langer - £9.99 Five Leaves Publications (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780907123651 | ISBN 10: 0907123651
Refugees and asylum seekers are rarely out of the headlines, or political debate, but only rarely do people in exile have the opportunity to speak for themselves.
The Silver Throat of the Moon includes prose and poetry from writers originating in countries as diverse as Algeria and Zimbabwe, Somalia and Iran, Kurdistan and Afghanistan. Some authors, like Choman Hardi, Sousa Jamba, Reza Baraheni, Yang Lian, Bubravka Ugresic and the late Miroslav Janic are now well known internationally for their writing in English, others, including Maxamed Ibrahim 'Hadraawi,' Ziba Karbassi and Saadi Youssef are appreciated internationally but fairly new to readers of English.
The causes of exile are manifold, and finding refuge no easy matter. Predrag Finci comments on how many countries he has passed through, whereas his mother-in-law has rarely left her home yet the country she has lived in has changed almost as often. Sousa Jamba, on the other hand, pretends to be from a different country to his own as so few Westerners have heard of his former home and are made nervous by hearing of an unknown land.
As well as writers in exile describing their personal experience, this collection includes essays by the writers about being writers and readers in exile. These articles range from the difficulties in holding on to traditional rural imagery in a place so far from home through to the, perhaps temporary, identity of a whole generation of young writers of Algerian origin whose lives have been entirely spent in France.
The Silver Throat of the Moon is the third anthology of writing by writers in exile edited by Jennifer Langer and published by Five Leaves. The Bend in the Road (which included some of the texts in this volume) was the first book by refugees writing in Britain.
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In booklists: Fiction and Poetry: Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, In categories: Fiction, Anti-Racism, Poetry & Writing, Society, Welfare, Justice & the State, Peace & Human Rights, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas,