Pages Bookshop Presents: Translator Omid Tofighian
We are excited to host the translator of "No Friend but the Mountains, Omid Tofighian to Pages. This a truly unique event that you surely won't want to miss. In 2013 Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated by Omid from the Farsi to English. This book was the winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Prize for Literature and Non-Fiction 2019 as well as several other awards.
During Omid’s talk, he will discuss translating books on the subject of exile, migration, and incarceration in relation to No Friend but the Mountains.
This event is free and open to the public. "No Friend but the Mountain" will be for sale before and after the event.
About No Friend but the Mountains:
Translated by Omid Tofighian, No Friend but the Mountains is Kurdish-Iranian journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani’s account of his detainment on Australia’s notorious Manus Island prison. This work, composed entirely on What’s App, represents the harrowing experience of the many stateless and imprisoned refugees and migrants around the world. It was also breaking news last week that Behrouz has finally been gotten off Manus Island after being detained since 2013. He plans to travel to the US in the next few months as well! You can read about it in The Guardian and the BBC.
OMID TOFIGHIAN is an award-winning lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in citizen media, popular culture, displacement and discrimination. He completed his PhD in philosophy at Leiden University, Netherlands, and graduated with a combined honours degree in philosophy and studies in religion at the University of Sydney. Tofighian has lived variously in Australia where he taught at different universities; the United Arab Emirates where he taught at Abu Dhabi University; Belgium where he was a visiting scholar at K.U. Leuven; Netherlands for his PhD; intermittent periods in Iran for research; and in Egypt where he was Assistant Professor at American University in Cairo. His current roles include Adjunct Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW; Honorary Research Associate for the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney; faculty at Iran Academia; and campaign manager for Why Is My Curriculum White? - Australasia. He contributes to community arts and cultural projects and works with refugees, migrants and youth. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles, is author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues (Palgrave 2016), translator of Behrouz Boochani's multi-award winning book No Friend but the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison (Picador 2018), and co-editor of 'Refugee Filmmaking', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (2019).