The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature

by Various Authors

Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Introduction) and Various (Translator)

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A fascinatingly diverse anthology of the literature of exile, from the myths of Ancient Egypt to contemporary poetry

Exile lies at the root of our earliest stories. Charting varied experiences of people forced to leave their homes from the ancient world to the present day, The Heart of a Stranger is an anthology of poetry, fiction and non-fiction that journeys through six continents, with over a hundred contributors drawn from twenty-four languages.

Highlights include the wisdom of the 5th century Desert Fathers and Mothers, the Swahili Song of Liyongo, The Flight of the Irish Earls, Emma Goldman's travails in the wake of the First Red Scare, the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani's ode to the lost world of Andalusia and the work of contemporary Eritrean fabulist Ribka Sibhatu.

Edited by poet and translator André Naffis-Sahely, The Heart of a Stranger offers a uniquely varied look at a theme both ancient and urgently contemporary.
  • ISBN10 178227426X
  • ISBN13 9781782274261
  • Publish Date 14 January 2020 (first published 29 August 2019)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Pushkin Press