Refugee detained on Manus Island wins $95K literary prize for book written on WhatsApp

The Current

For the past six years, writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained on Manus Island - an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea. In that time, the Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker wrote a book, composing it one text message at a time to his translator, Omid Tofighian. Last week he was awarded Australia`s richest literary prize. We spoke to Tofighian about how the story came about.

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