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Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill is a writer and journalist who lives in Burlington, Ontario. He has a B.A. in economics from Université Laval in Quebec City and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University. His first novel, Some Great Thing, was published by Turnstone Press in 1992. His most recent novel is The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins 2007) and his most recent non-fiction book (co-authored with Joshua Key) is The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Canadian Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq (House of Anansi Press, 2007). Lawrence Hill can be reached through his Web site.

Social Alienation United Blacks from Three Distinct Backgrounds

Novelist and journalist Lawrence Hill discovers that the thread of social alienation permeates discussions of the experiences of Blacks in Ontario, be they descendents of long-time Canadians, people of Caribbean descent or recently arrived Somalians.


Le Quatuor de l'exil
1994, director: Yves Bisaillon

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Fuaad, a young Somali political refugee living in Canada, observes that the white man has always tried to dominate Africans through any means available, including education, culture and language. Africans are misrepresented as being uniformly poor and naturally aggressive. Hunger and sickness exist in rich countries like Canada also. Videotape of difficult situations in Africa puts his comments in context.

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