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Do Not Say We Have Nothing: The Literature of Migrants and Refugees

Writing by migrants and refugees—people forced to be on the move, whether by governmental oppression or social turbulence—has challenged customary national conceptions of literature. Read major works in this fascinating and emerging genre produced by contemporary migrants and refugees from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. These rich and compelling stories demonstrate how the human spirit can persevere in the most tragic and ruinous conditions. They illumine the multiplicity and diversity of our modern world, while also throwing light on those who seek to challenge that diversity. Readings may include Nuruddin Farah, Maps; Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls; Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears; Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say That We Have Nothing; Tahar Ben Jelloun, Leaving Tangier; W. G. Sebald, The Emigrants; Nam Le, The Boat; Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory; and Alina Bronsky, Broken Glass Park.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the emerging genre of migrant and refugee literature

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
  • Professional who use critical thinking
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