"Housed here, these works were a lot closer to where they had been conceived and created than in London, New York or Berlin. Unlike the fate of their creators, theirs was a more survivable kind of exile. At least that’s what I kept telling myself."
For Refugee Week in the UK, organizers are asking people to do 20 Simple Acts to celebrate 20 years of Refugee Week. Number 9 is "Read a Book About Exile."
"Whatever else, the language" -- and how it binds up the ways we see or don't see those people we call "refugees" -- "needs to change."
"The issue also includes work by five Assyrian Iraqi poets, the great Algerian poet-translator-scholar Habib Tengour, and Algerian poet and novelist Mohammed Dib."
This month, Words Without Borders has focused on "Writing Exile." As you might expect, many of the featured authors write in Arabic.