The Victorian Prize for Literature is a prestigious prize that recognizes excellence in Australian writing. This is the first time “The Last Mountain” by Behrouz Boochani has won the award. The book was selected as an Honour Book for its novel of character and its evocative imagery, which paints a powerful picture of the threat posed by climate change.
Behrouz Boochani was raised in one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan, but it wasn’t until he left that he found his voice writing about the modern-day tribal conflicts and injustices. He has been detained twice on Manus Island for almost two years, suffering extended periods of solitary confinement and torture. Yet, these experiences have only strengthened his resolve to fight for justice. Boochani’s unflinching account of life as a refugee is gripping and timely as Australia faces its migration crisis. This is a book that will challenge your beliefs at every turn.”
In the stunning and inspiring memoir of his life as an asylum seeker in Australia, a Kurdish journalist takes us deep into the heart of this vast island continent. In his own words, he tells us how he survived with nothing but his few possessions and discovered unexpectedly that “there is no friendship but between equal men”.
This is Where I Come From tells the story of Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian Kurdish journalist who’s lived on Manus Island since 2013. Transported to detention camps across Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea on false charges, Boochani found refuge in the hills of his home country: Australia. While incarcerated for ten years, he has celebrated his life through poetry and storytelling with courage. The book includes stories from asylum seekers locked up on Manus Island and interviews with asylum seekers living in community housing in Sydney’s western suburbs.
About No Friend But the Mountains Book
Winner of The Victorian Prize for Literature, and the Prize for Non-Fiction, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019
Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains…
In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since.
People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and find asylum within their chestnut forests…
This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.
Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains?