76 N 4th St Unit G
Brooklyn, NY 11249
The past century has seen an unprecedented movement of people crossing borders to seek refuge from war, famine, economic distress, or religious, political, or personal persecution. Three European writers, each with personal experiences of migration, discuss their writings about the often perilous journeys and the uncertain welcomes that migrants and refugees face when they leave their homes in search of a better life. Najat El Hachmi writes a fictional account of her own childhood migration from Morocco to Catalonia in The Last Patriarch and also crafts essays on today’s refugees from North Africa. Christos Ikonomou’s Good Will Come from the Sea tells of the tough times that internal migrants face as they seek respite from economic distress in today’s Greece. Pajtim Statovici, himself a child refugee from Kosovo to Finland, deals with the challenges his characters experience in trying to feel at home in a new country, and even in their own bodies as they explore new identities in his novel Crossing. Moderated by Andy Tepper.