“Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience,” wrote Edward W. Said in his “Reflections on Exile”. As he continues, “…our age - with its modern warfare, imperialism, and the quasi-theological ambitions of totalitarian rulers - is indeed the age of the refugee, the displaced person, mass immigration.”

This month, as wars, armed conflict and civil unrest continue to tear our world apart, we propose you a selection of books looking into experiences of people driven out of their war-torn homelands in search for peace. While realistic in their depiction of exile with its restlessness and uprootedness, these books also offer hope: even in the darkest moments, we can remain human.

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