The Ungrateful Refugee

The Ungrateful Refugee What Is It Like To Be A Refugee It Is A Question Many Of Us Do Not Give Much Thought To, And Yet There Are Than 25 Million Refugees In The World To Be A Refugee Is To Grapple With Your Place In Society, Attempting To Reconcile The Life You Have Known With A New, Unfamiliar Home All This While Bearing The Burden Of Gratitude In Your Host Nation The Expectation That You Should Be Forever Thankful For The Space You Have Been Allowed.Aged Eight, Dina Nayeri Fled Iran Along With Her Mother And Brother, And Lived In The Crumbling Shell Of An Italian Hotel Turned Refugee Camp Eventually She Was Granted Asylum In America She Settled In Oklahoma, Then Made Her Way To Princeton In This Book, Nayeri Weaves Together Her Own Vivid Story With The Stories Of Other Refugees And Asylum Seekers In Recent Years, Bringing Us Inside Their Daily Lives And Taking Us Through The Different Stages Of Their Journeys, From Escape To Asylum To Resettlement In These Pages, A Couple Falls In Love Over The Phone, And Women Gather To Prepare The Noodles That Remind Them Of Home A Closeted Queer Man Tries To Make His Case Truthfully As He Seeks Asylum, And A Translator Attempts To Help New Arrivals Present Their Stories To Officials.Nothing Here Is Flattened Nothing Is Simplistic Nayeri Offers A New Understanding Of Refugee Life, Confronting Dangers From The Metaphor Of The Swarm To The Notion Of Good Immigrants She Calls Attention To The Harmful Way In Which Western Governments Privilege Certain Dangers Over Others With Surprising And Provocative Questions, The Ungrateful Refugee Recalibrates The Conversation Around The Refugee Experience Here Are The Real Human Stories Of What It Is Like To Be Forced To Flee Your Home, And To Journey Across Borders In The Hope Of Starting Afresh.

Dina Nayeri is a graduate of Princeton, Harvard Business School, and the Iowa Writers Workshop She spends her time in New York and Iowa City.

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Ungrateful Refugee
  • Dina Nayeri
  • 04 November 2017
  • 9781786893451

10 thoughts on “The Ungrateful Refugee

  1. says:

    You never forget the moment you were part of a shivering horde, when another human threw you your food, when you slept in mud alongside your confused children, when you shoved and grunted beside other faceless people, some of them former architects, doctors, teachers It can break your spirit as fast as hunger I simply cannot imagine what it is like to be forced to leave your country, the only home you ve ever known, the place you grew up and that nourished your soul To leave behind all the people you ve known, not knowing if you will ever see them again To head off into a hostile world, not knowing where you will end up or if you ll ever see your home again As a child, Dina Nayeri was forced to leave her home Along with her mother and younger brother, they made their way first to the UAE, then to Italy, and finally to the USA Dina s mother had converted to Christianity and was facing threats from the Iranian government In The Ungrateful Refugee, Ms Nayeri relates what it feels like to be a child without a home or a country What it feels like to be in limbo, plopped in a place that is not home and yet you are forced to stay in To go to s...

  2. says:

    In her first work of nonfiction, winner of the 2018 UNESCO City of Literature Paul Engle Prize Dina Nayeri an author whose exploration of the exile s predicament is tender and urgent The New Yorker examines what it means to be a refugee throug...

  3. says:

    Nayeri s candid work about her own and other refugees experiences is eye opening and inspiring as she gives voice to those who have none She describes her family s journey from Iran, to Europe and to the US as well as the deeply psychic journey for those seeking refuge or asylum.Clearly, much needs to be changed in this process by world governments Our expectations of what it means for people to assimilate and what that looks like to the native born, also needs a reality check.Dina is a passionate and heart breakingly honest chronicler of her still amazing journey She is rather repetitive throughout, however, and all over the place in terms of feelings I m guessing that s how it goes as she challenges the lifelong gratitude one is supposed to have for those countries of refugee and asylum Not certain that open borders is realistic or advisable,...

  4. says:

    Dina Nayeri has written an open raw book a book that reveals what itbis like to be a refugee.She shares with us her life as a refugee from Iran and the experiences of refugees from other countries.In today s climate this...

  5. says:

    Thanks to Edelweiss for the review copy I know it took me a while to finish it but the subject matter could be hard to read at times I love Nayeri s style of writing I enjoyed learning about this author I learned a lot about what all refugees go through.

  6. says:

    Interesting blend of memoir, narrative, and rhetoric, this takes a hard look at the experience of refugees and the mythology around immigration There are a lot of tools in Nayeri s toolbox here, and she makes use of them well.

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