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Behrouz Boochani

Behrouz Boochani (b 1983, Iran) is a Kurdish-Iranian author, journalist, academic, cultural communicator and film-maker.

He writes regularly for the Guardian and has also provided articles for the Huffington Post, New Matilda, the Financial Times and the Sydney Morning Herald. He is an honorary member of PEN International, and the recipient of Amnesty International Australia’s 2017 Media Award and Anna Politkovskaya’s Journalist Prize in 2018.

After fleeing from Iran, Boochani was imprisoned by Australia on Manus island in 2013-19. Massive international pressure led in 2020 to him being given asylum in New Zealand, where he now lives. Bare fjellene er min venn is his first book, and he received the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Victorian Premier's Prize for Non-Fiction, Australia’s premier literary prizes, in 2019.

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