Friday, June 19, 2015

Ten top heroes in refugee fiction

Jon Walter is the author of Close To the Wind and My Name's Not Friday. One of his top ten heroes of refugee fiction, as shared at the Guardian:
Arthur Dent from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Arthur Dent is the least heroic of our heroes. Escaping Earth just before its destruction, he travels through the universe still wearing his dressing gown and wanting nothing more than to go home and have a cup of tea. He’s the refugee as eternal voyager, taking the reader with him on a journey to strange places so that we can glimpse the absurdity of our own world. See also, Odysseus, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Gulliver’s Travels.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy appears on Becky Ferreira's list of the six most memorable robots in literature, Charlie Jane Anders's lists of the ten most unbelievable alien races in science fiction, eleven books that every aspiring television writer should read and ten satirical novels that could teach you to survive the future, Saci Lloyd's top ten list of political books for teenagers, Rob Reid's list of 6 favorite books, Esther Inglis-Arkell's list of ten of the best bars in science fiction, Don Calame's top ten list of funny teen boy books, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best instances of invisibility in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue