Detained Iranian writer’s novel to be published at home
Publish Date : Monday 18 February 2019 - 20:08
IBNA- ‘No Friend But the Mountains’, the debut novel of Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian Kurd asylum seeker detained on Manus Island, which won Australia’s Victorian prize of literature will be published in Iran.
According to IBNA
correspondent, Boochani, a journalist and human rights activist who wasn’t permitted to attend the award ceremony wrote the novel in Persian on WhatsApp was later translated by his friend into English and won both the $25,000 non-fiction prize at the Victorian premier’s literary awards and the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature.
Kept in purgatory on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for almost six years, he was first behind the wire of the Australian offshore detention center, and then in alternative accommodation on the island. ‘No Friend But the Mountains’ portrays these experiences.
His book at a time from within the detention center – has been recognized by a government from the same country that denied him access and locked him up. It is, Boochani already said, “a paradoxical feeling”.
‘No Friend But the Mountains’ is going to be released by Cheshmeh Publishing in Tehran.