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Asylum/Ransomed
Breaking the Fourth Wall
1st edition
By (author): Laura Swart Photographs by: Diogo Sayanda
9781771833875 Paperback, Trade English LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Interviews Sep 01, 2019
$25.00 CAD
Active 5.9 x 8.8 x 1.2 in 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.

Laura Swart is passionate about writing, teaching, and multiculturalism. She writes about immigrants, refugees, and indigenous peoples, using landscapes as icons of human experience. Laura teaches academic writing to post-secondary students and is director of I-AM ESL, an online language school for immigrants and refugees.

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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