Category: Refugees

Rémy Ngamije: The Eternal Audience of One

The latest addition to my website is Rémy Ngamije‘s The Eternal Audience of One. Rémy Ngamije, like his hero Séraphin, was born in Rwanda. His family fled Rwanda during the Rwandan Civil War and ended up in Namibia via Kenya. Séraphin is, like a lot of young men, unsure of where he is going, feels it is him against the rest of the world and likes sex (lots of it). The main thrust of the novel involves his study of law in Cape Town where he has lots of sex, gets into fights and hangs out with a group of friends. By the end of the novel, he is basically unchanged. Interesting as a novel about a refugee in a country he does not particularly like but the character of our hero remains trying to be clever, lost soul throughout the book.

Valeria Luiselli: El archivo de los niños perdidos (Lost Children Archive)

The latest addition to my website is Valeria Luiselli‘s

John Lanchester: The Wall

The latest addition to my website is John Lanchester‘s The Wall. This is a post-apocalyptic novel about a country which has a wall entirely round its coastline (some 10,000 km) to keep out refugees. The country is presumably based on Britain. There has been an event called The Change, which has involved major flooding all over the world due to rising sea levels, presumably because of the melting of the polar ice caps. In the first part of the book, we follow a man called Kavanagh. The country requires everyone – men and women – to serve for two years as Defenders, keeping out any refugees trying to breach the wall. If any refugees do get through, the Defenders on that part of the wall are put into a boat, towed out to sea and abandoned to their fate. We follow the adventures of Kavanagh and his fellow Defenders, before turning to the story of some refugees in the second part of the book. This book was presumably written in the light of the proposed Trump wall and the refugee crisis in Europe and elsewhere and tells an effective story, but how much would a 10,000 km wall cost?

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