Literature is full of migrants, from Virgil's Aeneas, the Trojan soldier who traveled to Italy and became forefather to the Romans, to the indomitable teenage hero of Dave Egger's recent What Is the What, who escaped genocide in Sudan and finds himself in Atlanta, of all places. Nothing bridges the gap between here and there, then and now, like a story. Given the rise of the European Union and the impact of wars, natural disasters and economic turmoil, people are on the move now more than ever — writers included.
The books listed here evoke such journeys, in writing that feels powerfully personal. They describe the disorienting newness of a world off balance, pay tribute to places that have irrevocably changed. Through the artistry of their prose, the books open up invisible cities of memory and make us all citizens.