Summary for Index on Censorship 3/2002
In 1987, Joseph Brodsky declared that 'the current interest in the literature of exiles has to do, of course, with the rise of tyrannies'. Today, as Index on Censorship discovers, it has to do with a lot more.
In 'Home and away: Diaspora Voices', Index on Censorship opens its pages to the voices of the world's diasporas, new and old, settled, unsettled or or just on their way. We look at writers who have arrived in the UK since 1989 as the death of the convenient dichotmoies of the Cold War gives way to a fragmented world. Much is written about refugees and asylum seekers in the media; seldom do we hear their own voices.
But what does home mean for these writers, and how do they negotiate their patchwork identities and disparate experiences? In a special issue, Index features fiction, poetry, essays and artwork from the diaspora communities of Britain, and examines the converging concepts of home and exile.
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