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 Flight of the Irish Earls, Madame de Staël s thoughts on Napoleon s tyranny, Emma Goldman s travails in the wake of the First Red Scare, Ng g wa Thiong o s tales of European colonial settlers in Kenya and the work of the contemporary Eritrean poet Ribka Sibhatu.
Edited by poet and translator André Naffis-Sahely and with an introduction by famed Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, The Heart of a Stranger offers a uniquely varied look at a theme both ancient and urgently contemporary.
Date: 29th August 2019
Extent: 352 pp