Silence of the Chagos

A Novel

Ranked #45 in Mauritius

Based on a true, still-unfolding story, Silence of the Chagos is a powerful exploration of cultural identity, the concept of home, and above all the neverending desire for justice. Shenaz Patel draws on the lives of uprooted Chagossian activists in this tragic example of 20th century political oppression.

Every afternoon a woman in a red headscarf walks to the end of the quay and looks out over the water, fixing her gaze “back there”: to the small island in the Indian Ocean that she and her people have been deported from. But the island is “closed,” there is no going back....

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