The New Odyssey

The New Odyssey

The Story of the Twenty-first-century Refugee Crisis

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On the day of his son’s fourteenth birthday, Hashem al-Souki lay somewhere in the Mediterranean, crammed in a wooden dinghy. His family was relatively safe—at least for the time being—in Egypt, where they had only just settled after fleeing their war-torn Damascus home three years prior. Traversing these unforgiving waters and the treacherous terrain that would follow was worth the slim chance of securing a safe home for his children in Sweden. If he failed, at least he would fail alone.Hashem’s story is tragically common, as desperate victims continue to embark on deadly journeys in search of freedom. Tracking the harrowing experiences of these brave refugees, The New Odyssey finally illuminates the shadowy networks that have facilitated the largest forced exodus since the end of World War II.The Guardian’s first-ever migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley has traveled through seventeen countries to put an indelible face on this overwhelming disaster. Embedding himself alongside the refugees, Kingsley reenacts their flight with hundreds of people across the choppy Mediterranean in the hopes of better understanding who helps or hinders their path to salvation. From the starving migrants who push through sandstorms with children strapped to their backs to the exploitive criminals who prey on them, from the smugglers who dangerously stretch the limits of their cargo space to the volunteers who uproot their own lives to hand out water bottles—what emerges is a kaleidoscope of humanity in the wake of tragedy. By simultaneously tracing the narrative of Hashem, who endured the trek not once but twice, Kingsley memorably creates a compassionate, visceral portrait of the mass migration in both its epic scope and its heartbreaking specificity.Exposing the realities of this modern-day odyssey as well as the moral shortcomings evident in our own indifference, the result is a crucial call to arms and an unprecedented exploration of a world we too often choose not to know.
Named One of NPR's Best Books of 2017In the humane tradition of Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers comes a searing account of the international refugee crisis.

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An award-winning Guardian journalist and migration correspondent presents a searing account of the international refugee crisis to illuminate the realities of today's mass-scale forced migrations, describing the ongoing safety challenges imposed on refugees in 17 countries. Illustrations.

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Kingsley explains who the refugees are, why they keep coming, and how they do it. He also talks about the smugglers who help them along the way, the coastguards who rescue them at the other end, the volunteers who feed them, the hoteliers that house them, the border guards who try to keep them out, and the politicians who look the other way. Based on interviews and encounters in 17 countries across three continents, he tells both of the Mediterranean crossing and the crossing of what aid workers call Libya's second sea--the sea of the Sahara--and then the onward march through Europe. The crisis will be here for a long time, he says, and he wants to document what happened during 2015 as a kind of benchmark. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Presents a searing account of the international refugee crisis to illuminate the realities of modern day mass-scale forced migrations, describing the ongoing safety challenges imposed on refugees in seventeen countries.

Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017
Edition: First American Edition 2017
ISBN: 9781631492556
Branch Call Number: 362.87 KIN 2017
Characteristics: pages cm


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Jun 05, 2017

A journalist for the UK’s 'The Guardian' newspaper writes about the players in the refugee crises that took center stage in 2015 when thousands of Syrians and others overwhelmed Greek islands seeking a path to the EU. He also follows one Syrian family man’s journey to Sweden, making the bigger story more intimate and personal.

These are amazing stories of determination and perseverance by people with, literally, nothing left to lose. Kingsley looks at all sides of the debates and while readers will know his opinion, is remarkably open to others. Highly recommended.

NFreaderNWPL Apr 24, 2017

A must-read.


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