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How to Fare Well and Stay Fair
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I enjoyed this collection very much. It is inventive and adventurous in its texture, and very moving. The snapshots of refugees in Sweden have such a lonely quality, which is probably expressed most beautifully by the fact that the past keeps coming after them. For me the best passages are those simple observations, such as Almasa recognising another Bosnian refugee and the slight sense of horror which that evokes, that inability to escape from the past. The truth in these moments is quite powerful. At times, I felt the inventiveness of the writing overshadowed these true moments a little, but then I explained it to myself as another feature of that restless imagination in the migrant, the attempted belonging in words, in a stranger's language. I go back to the picture of the father and the deliberate request for him not to smile, a wonderful image, which made me understand completely in one shot what the lives of refugees, and migrants in general, must feel like, full of denial and pretense and hope and putting the past away and never really letting go. -- Hugo Hamilton How to Fare Well and Stay Fair is a beautiful book: moving, funny and deeply intelligent. In Adnan Mahmutovic's stories, longing and survival move forward side-by-side, from Bosnia to Sweden and still further, toward an ever-elusive idea of home and homeland. Months after I finished reading these stories, Almasa, Fatima and Adam remained with me, etched into my memory. -- Madeleine Thien, author of Dogs at the Perimeter and Certainty

Table of Contents

How To Fare Well and Stay Fair [Refuge]e Consultation with Oxford English Dictionary Red Cross Message (Unadulterated) Myth of the Smell First Day of Night Integration Under the Midnight Sun Mind's Garbage Midsummer. It's Raining Bayern, Bayern Gusul Walking on Roofs War Currency Butter Vacation: A Travelogue The Lovers' Discourse What We Talk About When We Talk About Suicide Afterword: Homecoming Acknowledgements

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I enjoyed this collection very much. It is inventive and adventurous in its texture, and very moving. The snapshots of refugees in Sweden have such a lonely quality, which is probably expressed most beautifully by the fact that the past keeps coming after them. For me the best passages are those simple observations, such as Almasa recognising another Bosnian refugee and the slight sense of horror which that evokes, that inability to escape from the past. The truth in these moments is quite powerful. At times, I felt the inventiveness of the writing overshadowed these true moments a little, but then I explained it to myself as another feature of that restless imagination in the migrant, the attempted belonging in words, in a stranger's language. I go back to the picture of the father and the deliberate request for him not to smile, a wonderful image, which made me understand completely in one shot what the lives of refugees, and migrants in general, must feel like, full of denial and pretense and hope and putting the past away and never really letting go. -- Hugo Hamilton "How to Fare Well and Stay Fair" is a beautiful book: moving, funny and deeply intelligent. In Adnan Mahmutovic's stories, longing and survival move forward side-by-side, from Bosnia to Sweden and still further, toward an ever-elusive idea of home and homeland. Months after I finished reading these stories, Almasa, Fatima and Adam remained with me, etched into my memory. -- Madeleine Thien, author of Dogs at the Perimeter and Certainty

About the Author

Adnan Mahmutovic is a Bosnian-Swedish author and lecturer in English literature. He became a refugee of war in 1993 and has since written on the myths of home.

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