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Two Blankets, Three Sheets

Two Blankets, Three Sheets

Author(s): Rodaan Al Galidi

Location(s): Netherlands

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Later 20th Century onwards



Amsterdam Airport, 1998. Samir Karim steps off a plane from Vietnam, flushes his fake passport down the toilet, and requests asylum. Fleeing Iraq to avoid conscription into Saddam Hussein’s army, he has spent seven years anonymously wandering through Asia. Now, safely in the heart of Europe, he is sent to an asylum center and assigned a bed in a shared dorm—where he will spend the next nine years. As he navigates his way around the absurdities of Dutch bureaucracy, Samir tries his best to get along with his 500 new housemates. Told with compassion and a unique sense of humor, this is an inspiring tale of survival, a close-up view of the hidden world of refugees and human smugglers, and a sobering reflection of our times.

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What is it like to be a refugee, seeking asylum in Europe? Look no further than Galidi’s experience. He has chosen to pin some of his own experiences onto a fictional character, Samir Karim,...

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