In this episode of The Ask award-winning author, activist and journalist Behrouz Boochani discusses his work on his debut novel NO FRIENDS BUT THE MOUNTAINS: WRITINGS FROM MANUS PRISON.
About the book:
In 2013, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, a refugee detention centre off the coast of Australia.
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 of five years of incarceration and exile.
Our Episode Guest:
Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, human rights defender, writer and film producer.
He was held in the Australian-run Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea from 2013 until its closure in 2017.
His memoir, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, won the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Nonfiction in January 2019. The book was tapped out on a mobile phone in a series of single messages over time and translated from Persian into English by Omid Tofighian.
His latest published work is the anthology: Writing Through Fences – Archipelago of Letters.
Writing Through Fences, is devoted entirely to the work of past and present refugees in these detention centers.
Behrouz Boochani is now a free man in New Zealand and continues to speak out forcefully about refugees detained in places like the Park hotel prison; Nauru; Port Moresby and around the world.
Our Episode Guest Co-Host:
Cliff W. Gilmore, PhD, holds a doctorate in organization and management with a specialization in leadership, strategic and crisis communication and media relations.
Cliff now lives with his wife and ten-year-old daughter in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is a writer, consultant, and leadership coach.