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Edited by Andr Naffis-Sahely The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature



I'm going to be talking about an extraordinary book. It's called the heart of a stranger. It's an anthology of exile good richer. And you know once upon a time that was an inevitable subject when we were talking about Joseph Conrad who wrote in English when his native language was Polish or about a -demia Nabokov when he was an exiled Russian aristocrat native language Russian road I in German and then in English but here we have an anthology. I think it's one of the most remarkable anthologies I've ever read it takes us from the ancient Greeks up to the present and shown us how much of the world has been living in exile. Odysseus returned to Greece at the end of the Trojan. More is the story of a man going from an island to island exile. Sometimes the exiles in this book are like the Britishers in Africa. They're exiled in Paradise. They are really. What is the expression you found for this Andre Parasites parasites in Paradise Andrei Nafis a? He is the editor of this book. The heart of a stranger. He gathers essays letters diaries poetry from every continent. How many authors are there in this book? Do you think there's one hundred contributors. We're reading not just homer and the Old Testament and the new testament but all the way to Palestinian poetry. This editor is born of an Iranian father and Italian mother he was born in Abu Dhabi and he brings the travels around the world. He's Taunt in England. He's currently teaching classes both oxydental college and Ucla. Now I'm telling you my listeners. This is the book to read if you want to know what is happening in the literary. World Today. Who are the people were talking to us? Who were their predecessors people like Emma Goldman? How did the idea for the San Thaung G Begin Andrei? Well I thank you for having me on the program. It's really quite quite a privilege to be able to talk to you about this. You know the the first question I usually get asked a dealing with. This book is is why now and I think. A lot of people pointed to the fact that this seems to be a particularly good moment to talk about exile. Although of course there's never been a bad moment to talk about exile others sixty five million displaced people that we know of this year two major wars and of course right now. I'm living in Los Angeles which is a home of exiles. We tend to think of the the homeless here in Los Angeles is coming from somewhere else attracted by the Clement California weather but of course a lot of them are Californians. So there's that they mentioned of the book. The other one is personal while it took me roughly around three years to put the book together after I signed the contract. Publishers in reality of really being preparing for it my entire life my father as you mentioned. Israelian he was exiled from Iran in nineteen seventy nine for belonging to a French Communist group. He was forced the Liberals leave the country my grandfathers on both sides where economic `exiles of one kind or another and so. I think there was the intense personal history on the one hand and on the other the need to create a very modest platform for some of the writers that I think need wider exposure. Let's pretend that I have not seen the San Thaung achieve before. What is the literature of exile? I know it has many definitions and that's one of its definitions that it can't be defined of but what is it well. I think it's it's safe to say that. Especially these days. We tend to think of as a by product of civilization so we are continually exposed to headlines The talks about political exiles exhaustive war tax exile governments in exile. But I think it's quite clear to me. That exile is actually engine of civilization. So take the founding myth of the Israelites with an exodus. The reason promised land. The American republic was founded by themselves the European Union likewise the Europe the Italian renaissance fueled by Byzantine exile so the literature of exile. Is I see. It really is a record of the civilizational process because again without exile you cannot have civilization the very first story actually in the book is a a retelling of an ancient Egyptian myth by the fantastic novelist. Keep Foos who one of my favorite authors Name of win win a Nobel Prize. He did thus to date. He is the only middle-eastern Nobel laureate

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