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Year 1 of the project ON THE MARGINS

IMMIGRANT VOICES OR VOICES OF ‘OTHERS’: LET US HEAR THEIR STORIES

On the Margins

Year 1

IMMIGRANT VOICES OR VOICES OF ‘OTHERS’: LET US HEAR THEIR STORIES

“Everything’s much too big here,” thought Moominmamma. “Or perhaps I’m too small.”

Tove Jansson

During the first year of the project, we will publish 10 European literary works of different types and genres (4 novels, 2 graphic novels, 2 poetry collections and 2 children’s books) which portray different immigrant experiences: the current migrant crisis (British novel Exit West by Mohsin Hamid talks about the migrants from the Middle East); Dutch novel La Superba by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer about African migrants in Europe; Greek novel Dendrites, winner of the European Union Prize For Literature, about economic migrants from Europe to the United States; poetry of British poet Kei Miller about postcolonial migrants (Caribbean residents in the United Kingdom); poetry which deals with political exile by Abdellatif Laâbi, major Moroccan poet currently in exile in France. The project contains children’s book to emphasize the importance of teaching from a young age that diversity needs to be respected and fear of the unknown confronted (two children’s books by one of the greatest children’s book authors of the 20thcentury Tove Jansson). Croatian novel (the winner of 2018 VBZ Award for the best unpublished novel, Wild Woman by Marina Šur Puhlovski) will be translated into English and we hope that it will successfully “cross the border” and find its place in Europe.

All works will be promoted at the literary fair “Vrisak” in Rijeka and most authors will be invited to Croatia

LA SUPERBA

Award winning and much praised novel by the new European literary star. Written as a series of letters and notes addressed to the unnamed reader to whom the narrator reports about his life in Genova, where he made his permanent residence out of “desire to fulfil his eternal dream about the enviously rich and carefree Mediterranean life among real, authentic people here, in this medieval labyrinth.

Irmina

Graphic novel Irmina, based on the life of the author’s grandmother, tells a story about a young woman and her gradual capitulation to Nazi ideology.

Wild Woman

Wild Woman is an anti-love story, set against a backdrop of economic hardship. Told through the undiluted language of thought and mania, the twists and turns of internal dialogue are brought alive by a narrator determined to find her true voice. It is a warning against letting life slip...

Exit West

Saeed, a sensitive and somewhat restrained young man, and Nadia, self-aware, independent and free-spirited young woman, meet one night at “the class on corporative identity and product branding” in a town which has been “teetering on the edge of abyss”, at the edge of war.

Alpha

Alpha lives alone in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire ever since his wife and son left for Paris without a visa. He has heard nothing from them since. Desperate, he decides to leave everything behind in order to find them. He can take different routes to Europe, but he faces possibly years of illegal travelling.

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