Friday, February 3, 2017

In today's world there is an upheaval over refugees.  Everyone has a strong opinion on yes, no, maybe.  I'm not here to get into the pros and cons or even to state my opinion.

What I am here to do is introduce you to authors that were refugees.

  1. Isabel Allende author of  The House of Spirits was on a death list in Chili and had to flea her home country.
  2. Ishmael Beal author of a long way gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier left Sierra Leone but found himself in another horrific situation till UNICEF rescued him.
  3. Elias Canetti author of Crowds and Power who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981 and fled Bulgaria with his family to England.
  4. Anne Frank author of The Diary of a Young Girl departed Nazi Germany to Amsterdam.
  5. Karen Gershon author of We Came as Children  ran from Nazi's.+
  6. Victor Hugo author of Les Miserables
  7. Ismail Kadare author of The Fall of the Stone City left Albania claiming political asylum in France.
  8. Rigoberta Menchu author of I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala was forced into exile in Mexico in the 1980's and later won the Nobel Peace Prize.
  9. Viet Thanh Nguyen author of The Sympathizer  escaped Saigon for Pennsylvannia then won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  10. Felix Salten  author of Bambi left Vienna during the time of the Nazi invasion to Switzerland
I am sure there are many, many more but this is a brief list of authors you may know and authors that are new to you.

For a more extended list that includes more than just authors check out Famous Refugees

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