September 22, 2019 | 5:00pm
Igiaba Scego at the Brooklyn Book Festival
Borough Hall Media Room | 209 Joralemon Street | Brooklyn, NY
Italian author, journalist, researcher, and activist, Igiaba Scego, talks about her novel Beyond Babylon, translated by Aaron Robertson, at the Brooklyn Book Festival.
The Movement of People: Modern Nomads and Migrants
We live in an era of great global movements, a time when migrants and refugees are often dehumanized and attacked. But fiction provides a powerful tool to look deeper into individual stories. Whether it’s the journey of Bangladeshi immigrants in Italy in Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island or two half-sisters who meet in Tunisia in Somali-Italian author Igiaba Scego’s Beyond Babylon or a Nigerian grad student adrift in Europe in Helon Habila’s Travelers, the characters in these novels explore urgent questions of power and privilege, borders and home in today’s world. Moderated by Michael Reynolds.