Sharon Bala

  • Mahindan et son fils de six ans, Sellian, débarquent sur l'île de Vancouver, fuyant la guerre au Sri Lanka avec quelque cinq cents réfugiés, portés par le rêve d'une vie nouvelle. Le bruit court que parmi les boat-people se trouvent des terroristes. Emprisonnés, les réfugiés voient leur passé resurgir et la chance d'obtenir le droit d'asile se dissiper. Inspiré de faits vécus, Qu'importe le navire est un roman d'une force inouïe où chaque décision est question de vie ou de mort.
    Acclamé de toutes parts, Qu'importe le navire aborde de front les dérives éthiques et humanitaires qui provoquent et enveniment la crise des migrants. Anne-Frédérique Hébert-Dolbec, Le Devoir Un livre parfait pour notre époque, une lecture indispensable. Robert Wiersema, Toronto Star Née à Dubaï, Sharon Bala a grandi en banlieue de Toronto et vit à Saint-Jean de Terre-Neuve. Qu'importe le navire, son tout premier roman, est un bestseller traduit en plusieurs langues.

  • THE BOAT PEOPLE

    Sharon Bala

    Globe and Mail bestseller, The Boat People is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches Vancouver's shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the "boat people" are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks--and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada's national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum. Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer, Priya, a second-generation Sri Lankan Canadian who reluctantly represents the refugees; and Grace, a third-generation Japanese Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan's fate as evidence mounts against him, The Boat People is a spellbinding and timely novel that provokes a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.

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