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Author Patel, Shenaz, author.

Title Silence of the Chagos / Shenaz Patel ; translated from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman.

Publication Info. Brooklyn : Restless Books, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Fiction    PATEL,SHE    Available
Edition First Restless Books paperback edition.
Description 167 pages ; 19 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Translation of: Le silence des Chagos.
Summary Every afternoon a woman in a red headscarf walks to the end of the quay and looks out over the water, fixing her gaze "back there"--to Diego Garcia, one of the small islands forming the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. With no explanation, no warning, and only an hour to pack their belongings, the Chagossians were forced on a boat headed to Mauritius. Government officials tell Charlesia that the island is "closed"-- there is no going back for any of them. Charlesia longs for life on Diego Garcia, where the days were spent working on a coconut plantation, the nights dancing to sega music. As she struggles to come to terms with her new reality, Charlesia crosses paths with D©♭sir©♭, a young man born on the one-way journey to Mauritius. D©♭sir©♭ has never set foot on Diego Garcia, but as Charlesia unfolds the dramatic story of their people, he learns of the home he never knew and of the life he might have had.
Subject Chagossians -- Fiction.
Refugees -- Mauritius -- Fiction.
Added Author Zuckerman, Jeffrey, 1987- translator.
Added Title Silence des Chagos. English
ISBN 9781632062345 : $17.99
1632062348 : $17.99

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