Where the Water Ends

Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe

Zoe Holman
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Where the Water Ends

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2 March 2021

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9780522876833

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Melbourne University Press

Where the Water Ends

Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe

Zoe Holman
An expansive account of the refugee crisis and the people at its heart.
Around the world, forced migration doubled in the decade leading up to 2019. Over that time, the borders of the European Union became the world's deadliest frontier. More than 20,000 people have died or disappeared while attempting to gain entry since 2012, the year the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize In Where the Water Ends, Zoe Holman traces the story of this frontier from the perspective of migrants, mainly from the Middle East, via Greece, the cradle of European and 'western' civilisation, now itself marginalised within the EU and precariously hosting some 90,000 refugees. This is human history in the best sense. Through Holman's account we see the intricate and complex daily, monthly and yearly challenges of those seeking, within or outside of 'the system', a future for themselves and their loved ones in which they can be safe and thrive. Where the Water Ends urges us…
Around the world, forced migration doubled in the decade leading up to 2019. Over that time, the borders of the European Union became the world's deadliest frontier. More than 20,000 people have died or disappeared while attempting to gain entry since 2012, the year the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In Where the Water Ends, Zoe Holman traces the story of this frontier from the perspective of migrants, mainly from the Middle East, via Greece, the cradle of European and 'western' civilisation, now itself marginalised within the EU and precariously hosting some 90,000 refugees. This is human history in the best sense. Through Holman's account we see the intricate and complex daily, monthly and yearly challenges of those seeking, within or outside of 'the system', a future for themselves and their loved ones in which they can be safe and thrive. Where the Water Ends urges us to reflect on the lessons of the past, the isolationist spirit of the present, and the promises and failures of the international institutions and conventions we continue to rely on in our hope for a better future.

A record and a meditation and a plea. I thought it stunning.”
CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS

Holman skillfully weaves together personal testimony, history and astute observation to create a compelling portrait of migration and the human cost of Europe's border policies.”
DANIEL TRILLING

Astonishingly detailed ... A remarkable document.”
Virginia Trioli

Holman's accumulation of personal stories reflects deep research but also a fierce sense of urgency.”
Canberra Times

A work of portraiture and passion.”
Australian Financial Review

Remarkable ... an astounding achievement.”
Australian Book Review

Zoe Holman

Zoe Holman

Zoe Holman is a journalist, historian and poet, writing on international politics, gender and the Middle East. Her reporting and essays have appeared in outlets including The Guardian, The Economist, London Review of Books, The Sydney Morning Herald and VICE.

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