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Asylum/ Ransomed: Breaking the Fourth Wall
Guernica Editions, Fall 2019
240 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771833875
ISBN10: 1771833874
English
$25.00 Canada, $25.00 US

A flip book, Asylum/Ransomed features two separate titles. In Asylum, join Sameer in a classroom under Taliban rule. Escape persecution in a plastic dingy with Mohammad. Witness the brutality of a Ugandan orphanage. Feel Mahwish's agony as she searches through garbage dumps to feed her unborn baby. And then--come with them to Canada. Experience new tortures, new pains--and sometimes, smatterings of joy and peace. Ransomed is the story of quarries: of the hunted, the displaced--the world's refugees. In a Canadian resettlement centre, English teacher Sarah struggles to find meaning among refugees who are learning to live again. When she travels on a pilgrimage to Israel, she discovers how to walk with others in the aftermath of unspeakable horror.
Only we had one pencil, and our teacher cut one pencil into three pieces. And I can never forget that.

Books by Laura Swart

Asylum/ Ransomed: Breaking the Fourth Wall