Shadow Behind the Sun
SHORTLISTED FOR THE SALTIRE SOCIETY FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR
Remzije Sherifi worked as a journalist with Radio Gjilan in Kosova. She lost her job, and almost her life, as the Milosevic regime steadily tightened its grip on the Albanian people who lived there. In Shadow Behind The Sun she recounts her family’s history, shining a new light on the terrible events of the 1990s. Beside the history of the Kosovar people she describes the plight of Asylum Seekers in the here and now. The shadow of past events stands behind the sunrise of every new constitutional or social development. Can they be forgotten? Should they be forgotten? Now a British citizen Remzije has made her commitment to Asylum Seekers and other refugees, working with the Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow. Through her story, Remzije Sherifi is revealed as a compassionate and visionary presence in difficult and changing times.
‘The first substantial book to emerge from the wave of new Scots who have arrived here in the last decade from war zones across the world. Sherifi is a woman younger than me, who has already seen more suffering and trauma than anyone should have to see in a lifetime. But she is still learning, changing and growing here in Scotland, building a new life which is not the same as the old one, but which still brings new challenges and fulfillments.’
-Joyce McMillan’s appreciation at the Saltire Society Awards Ceremony