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This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto

In This Land Is Their Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta explains why the West is being destroyed not by immigrants but by the fear of immigrants.

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ISBN 9781787331426
Barcode 9781787331426
Published 4 June 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Mehta, Suketu
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ISBN-13 9781787331426
ISBN-10 1787331423
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 4 June 2019
International Publication Date 22 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mehta, Suketu
Category Immigration & Emigration
Equal Opportunities
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 422g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Emigration and immigration - History, Emigration and immigration - Social aspects, Emigration and immigration - Political aspects
NBS Text Current Affairs & Issues
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 304.82
Catalogue Code 979607

Description of this Book

Few subjects prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Their Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta explains why the West is being destroyed not by immigrants but by the fear of immigrants. Drawing on his family's own experience emigrating from India to Britain and America, and years of reporting around the world, Mehta subjects the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash to withering scrutiny. He juxtaposes the phony narratives of populist ideologues with the ordinary heroism of labourers, nannies and others, from Dubai to New York, and explains why more people are on the move today than ever before. As civil strife and climate change reshape large parts of the planet, it is little surprise that borders have become so porous. Mehta also stresses the destructive legacies of colonialism and global inequality on large swathes of the world. When today's immigrants are asked, `Why are you here?', they can justly respond, `We are here because you were there.' And now that they are here, as Mehta demonstrates, immigrants bring great benefits, enabling countries and communities to flourish. Impassioned, rigorous, and richly stocked with memorable stories and characters, This Land Is Their Land is a timely and necessary intervention, and literary polemic of the highest order.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A powerful, passionate, angry, and hopeful cry for sanity and justice by one of our finest writers. Mehta's heart-felt book is a much-needed and potent antidote to the anti-migrant rhetoric that has grown so threateningly loud of late. Let them come! -- Mohsin Hamid Suketu Mehta has written a burning indictment of anti-immigrant hypocrisy ... Rousing and immensely readable, it is an anthem for all of us. -- Jhumpa Lahiri Mehta has written a compassionate and powerful plea on behalf of migrants that also reveals the deep forces that propel them on their journeys. He exposes the demeaning ways that migrants are treated around the world, and the very human aspirations that may lead them to accept this dehumanization. In so doing, he gives us a searing indictment of those, like Donald Trump, who do so much to make their plight even worse. -- Joseph Stiglitz The must-read book for 2019. Suketu Mehta is one of our finest thinkers and writers on the subject of immigration. What begins as a journey that mixes just the right amount of humour, anger and bewilderment at the state of our nation, ends up with a surprising double-shot of hope. This is the rare book that is pragmatic and unsentimental, and yet oddly uplifting. -- Gary Shteyngart
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Suketu Mehta is the author of Maximum City- Bombay Lost and Found, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award. His work has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper's, Time, and GQ. He has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers' Award, and an O. Henry Prize. He was born in Calcutta and lives in New York City, where he is an associate professor of journalism at New York University.

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