These five stories poignantly convey the lives of refugees from different parts of the world. Our authors in this installment are Viet Thanh Nguyen, Guadalupe Nettel, Bernard Malamud, Choi Jin-young, and Mohsin Hamid.
Powerful novels The Boat People and Brixton Beach, both tackling the Sri Lankan refugee experience but from profoundly different angles, are eminently enjoyable reads but they're more than that: they're important reads.
Director Aki Kaurismäki feels a humanistic mission. His dryly humorous films about the small joys and victories of losers and drifters convey missives in which this sentiment is submerged under obstinate, absurd, classically framed dark humor.