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'No Friend but the Mountains'

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

Palm Sunday message from Behrouz Boochani

A refugee who has been stuck on Manus Island since 2013 , Behrouz is an

Iranian-Kurdish journalist, human rights defender, poet and film producer.

Scroll down for information on Behrouz's newest book

'No Friend but the Mountains'

The book was written on a mobile phone using WhatsApp and smuggled out of Manus Island as thousands of PDF files. The writing was translated from Persian into English by Dr Omid Tofighian.It won Australia's richest literary prize, the Victorian Prize for Literature, as well as the Victorian Premier's Prize for Nonfiction, awarded by the Wheeler Centre on 31 January 2019

​Behrouz Boochani graduated from Tarbiat Moallem University and Tarbiat Modares University, both in Tehran; he holds a Master’s degree in political science, political geography and geopolitics. He is a Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate and filmmaker. Boochani was writer for the Kurdish language magazine Werya; is Honorary Member of PEN International; winner of an Amnesty International Australia 2017 Media Award, the Diaspora Symposium Social Justice Award, the Liberty Victoria 2018 Empty Chair Award, and the Anna Politkovskaya Award for journalism; and he is non-resident Visiting Scholar at the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), University of Sydney. He publishes regularly with The Guardian, and his writing also features in The Saturday Paper, Huffington Post, New Matilda, The Financial Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. Boochani is also co-director (with Arash Kamali Sarvestani) of the 2017 feature-length film Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time; collaborator on Nazanin Sahamizadeh's play Manus; and author of No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

​To buy the book, click this link to go to the Publisher's website:

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