One of the finest ‘newer’ novelists to come along in recent years, with Refuge and A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, award-winning Dina Nayeri is here this evening with a powerful, telling first non-fiction work, The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You (Catapult).
“Dina Nayeri has written a vital book for our times. The Ungrateful Refugee gives voice to those whose stories are too often lost or suppressed. Braiding memoir, reportage and essayism, Nayeri allows those fortunate enough never to have been stateless or displaced to glimpse something of the hardships and subtleties of refugee experience. Written with compassion, tenderness and a burning anger, her book appears at the end of a decade in which division and dislocation have risen to a terrible pitch. It speaks powerfully from – and to – the heart. Please read it.” —Robert Macfarlane.
“Dina Nayeri’s powerful writing confronts issues that are key to the refugee experience.”―Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Herself a refugee, with her family, of revolutionary Iran, first re-located to Italy, then the U.S., Dina Nayeri has received the UNESCO City of Literature Paul Engle Prize, and today lives in London. This evening should be something.