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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Chanting of Crickets, Ceremonies of Cruelty : A Mythic Topography of Manus Prison
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  • This is the eighth chapter of a yet-to-be-published memoir.

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    y separately published work icon Island no. 150 2017 12654655 2017 periodical issue

    'Remember when I was coming back from the Antarctic on that orange icebreaker, and a friend told me that he could smell home - Tassie. I told him that The Island just makes me feel so bloody sad and it rips up my insides and it's not my home. He looked at me for a while and then said, 'Tasmania's not like that at all. What you need is a welcome to country.'

    'These lines are from a letter by author Favel Parrett. She's referring to the moment of return to Hobart from a journey made possible by the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship - she'd been researching the novel which would become When the Night Comes. The question of why a Tasmanian would feel this way about her home state is answered by the pages that follow, though the fact that the letter is addressed to Truganini - famously and erroneously considered the last Indigenous Tasmanian, who died in Hobart in 1876 - is explanation enough.' (Editorial Introduction)

    pg. 88-115
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    y separately published work icon No Friend but the Mountains : Writing From Manus Prison No Friend but the Mountains : The True Story of an Illegally Imprisoned Refugee Behrouz Boochani , Omid Tofighian (translator), Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 14342605 2018 selected work prose

    'Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

    'Since 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has been held in the Manus Island offshore processing centre.

    'People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

    'This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the 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? '  (Publication summary)

    Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018
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  • Manus Island,
    Papua New Guinea,
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