In Foreign Lands Trees Speak Arabic

Usama Al Shahmani


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UEA Publishing Project
30 April 2022
ISBN: 9781913861445
36 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Rachel Farmer

USAMA AL SHAHMANI left his native Iraq and is living as an asylum-seeker in Switzerland. Worried about his brother in Baghdad and bewildered by the inscrutable behaviours of the Swiss (such as their strange propensity for walking in the woods), he initially struggles to get to grips with life in this new land. He grapples with feelings of loss and questions of identity, torn between his adopted country and the culture he was forced to abandon. But, little by little, with the help of a couple of kind strangers, he starts to find his feet and discovers a sense of home through the natural world.