The Journey to Death: Fictionalizing the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer

International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies

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Title The Journey to Death: Fictionalizing the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer
 
Creator Kadavan, Abdul Samad
 
Subject Refugee
Refugee narratives/literature
Civil War
Displacement
Spaces of nonarrival
 
Description This paper explores the fictional representation of the Syrian refugee crisis in Khaled Hosseini's novel Sea Prayer (2018). The novel is considered a refugee narrative, examining the question of home, displacement, and the fateful journeys of the Syrian refugees. The novel depicts the heart-wrenching experiences of the refugee community in war-torn Syrian city Homs before and after the outbreak of the civil war in the country. Evoking the tragic death of Alan Kurdi, Hosseini vividly illustrates the various dimensions of the Syrian refugee crisis, including the outbreak of the civil war in Syria and the eventual birth of refugees, their homelessness/statelessness, perilous journey to escape the persecution, xenophobic attitudes towards them, and post-war trauma. This paper draws on postcolonial refugee narratives, concept of journeys of non-arrival, memory, and trauma studies to elucidate its argument. The contention here is that the current crisis in Syria is also accounted for by analyzing the fictional refugee narratives. The unspeakable trauma is communicated through fiction, and Hosseini’s novel depicts the dangers engulfed and the hope entrusted in the refugees’ journeys.
 
Publisher Baynoon Centre for Studies and Development
 
Date 2021-10-14
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://bcsdjournals.com/index.php/ijecls/article/view/283
10.47631/ijecls.v2i5.283
 
Source International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies ; Vol. 2 No. 5 (2021): International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies; 1-11
2709-7390
2709-4952
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://bcsdjournals.com/index.php/ijecls/article/view/283/187
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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