Two Blankets, Three Sheets
Two Blankets, Three Sheets by Rodaan Al Galidi, translation: Jonathan Reeder
(World Editions, 2020, 472 pages)
Schiphol, 1998. Samir Karim fleed Iraq, wandered through Asia for seven years, and is now - safely in the heart of Europe - 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 a unique sense of humour, this is a tale of survival, a close-up view into the hidden world of refugees and human smugglers, and a sobering reflection of our times.