The Oxford Book of Exile

Hardcover | March 1, 1995

EditorJohn Simpson

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From the moment Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise, exile has been a part of the human experience. The circumstances in which individuals or entire peoples are compelled to leave their homeland are as various as they are numerous, and in this book John Simpson has brought togetherexamples of exile from all over the world, and from all periods of history. The emphasis is on personal experience, with writers from Ovid to Solzhenitsyn describing their exile, their emotions, their struggle and their despair. For those who have chosen a life in exile, the response is more mixed:ambivalence about the country they have left and the country they have chosen suffuses the writing of intellectuals seeking freedom of speech, as of ex-pats living in India or Australia. Those persecuted for their faith or their politics rub shoulders with those fleeing from war, or from debt, oreven from the weather. Castaways and spies, premiers and princes describe their departure, their reception and sometimes their return, in an anthology that is by turns inspiring, moving, and deeply thought-provoking. With sources ranging from police records, newspaper articles, interviews, letters and memoirs, as well as verse and fiction, and settings as remote as Iran and Russia, China and Palestine, The Oxford Book of Exile provides a fascinating insight into an experience that touches so many, and capturesthe imagination of us all.

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From Robison Crusoe to Nelson Mandela, from Ovid to Solzhenitsyn, this intense collection of personal writings decribes the emotions, struggles, and despair of writers in exile, including famous literary expatriates, castaways, spies, and prisoners

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From the moment Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise, exile has been a part of the human experience. The circumstances in which individuals or entire peoples are compelled to leave their homeland are as various as they are numerous, and in this book John Simpson has brought togetherexamples of exile from all over the world, and fro...

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From the moment Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise, exile has been a part of the human experience. The circumstances in which individuals or entire peoples are compelled to leave their homeland are as various as they are numerous, and in this book John Simpson has brought together examples of exile from all over the world, and fr...

John Simpson is known to millions as the BBC Foreign Affairs Editor; he is also an associate editor of the Spectator and author of several books. He has travelled extensively in the course of his work, reporting from over 80 or more countries, including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, South Africa and the USSR. His familiarity with...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.17 × 6.06 × 1.3 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192142216

ISBN - 13:9780192142214

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From Robison Crusoe to Nelson Mandela, from Ovid to Solzhenitsyn, this intense collection of personal writings decribes the emotions, struggles, and despair of writers in exile, including famous literary expatriates, castaways, spies, and prisoners

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`imaginately compiled by John Simpson, will be perfect for sporadic holiday reading'Barry Unsworth, Sunday Times