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Essential Prose Series 163
Asylum/Ransomed
Breaking the Fourth Wall
By (author): Laura Swart Photographs by: Diogo Sayanda
9781771833875 Paperback, Trade English General Trade LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian Sep 01, 2019
$25.00 CAD
Active 5.9 x 8.8 x 1.2 in | 460 gr 290 pages Guernica Editions
Asylum features interviews with sixteen Canadian refugees from around the world. The interviews are shaped into a five-act play in the likeness of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to address poignant questions about what is true, what is real. Philosophers, artists, and politicians take the stage alongside the refugees to highlight stories of war, displacement, and being other.

Asylum is an enlightening read that challenges us to examine our beliefs about those who are other. Laura has worked with refugees and immigrants in Canada, Asia, and the Middle East for over two decades, and in Asylum, she invites us to walk with her through the pain, the challenges, and the joys of working with displaced people. —Stella Harvey, author of The Brink of Freedom and director of the Whistler Writers Festival. I enjoy Laura's writing. It is very fluent—and moving. —Robert Lacey, biographer, historian, and author of Gulf Charities and Islamic Philanthropy and Arabia: In Search of the Golden Ages.

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