What does it mean to leave the country - and the people - you love? To be uprooted from the soil that gave birth to, and nurtured you? To abandon both your past and your hoped-for future and embark on a voyage of uncertainty? In Refugee Song, Feuchtwanger weaves together fragmented memories of his South African childhood, youth, and self-exile, with the stories of others - refugees, the displaced and dispossessed, voyagers - who were forced, or chose to leave their homes; his Jewish forebears, Africa's colonized and colonizers, heroic and tragic characters from Greek mythology.
Lawrence Feuchtwanger was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1952. He immigrated to Canada in 1976 after two years of living and travelling around England and overland down the East Coast of Africa, from Egypt to Southern Africa. He lives in Vancouver with his Canadian-born wife, near his children and grandchildren.
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