Magazine article New Internationalist

The Gurugu Pledge

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Gurugu Pledge

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The Gurugu Pledge by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel translated from the Spanish by Jethro Soutar ( & Other Stories, ISBN 9781908276940)

Ávila Laurel, a prominent opponent of the oppressive regime in Equatorial Guinea, now lives in exile in Barcelona and his latest novel tells the stories of desperate refugees attempting, quite literally, to scale the walls of 'fortress Europe'.

Mount Gurugu is a hill overlooking the fortified North African Spanish enclave of Melilla. Here, in a series of caves above the city, dwell a motley band of migrants, dreaming of the European future that awaits them if only they can make it across the fences.

The novel, inspired by first-hand accounts, is structured as a series of personal tales as each individual tells their story and then passes the baton on to the next voice. …

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