The Iranian graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi wrote the book Persepolis to document her flight from Tehran. Perhaps the greatest Catalan writer of all time, Mercè Rodoreda, fled Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and spent her life in exile in France and Switzerland. This is what Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie wanted to talk about the day he was stabbed on stage: the experience of being a writer in forced exile.
The CERDAN STORIES podcast goes beyond the headlines, introducing you to exiled writers from around the globe, talking with them about their craft and the ways they have tried to adapt. We strive to tell the stories our guests want to tell, often circling around their ideas of home and identity, what is lost and what is gained, with an eye to understanding the policies that have affected their lives. Listen here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Much like our guests, whose lives and cultures cross borders, our podcast is named for an area near the eastern end of the French/Spanish border called Cerdans, more commonly known as Catalunya.
We are always looking to meet new writers in exile. If you know someone who you think should be a guest on Cerdan Stories, or if you think YOU should be a guest, please email me. Just include a bit about the writer, links to their work or other significant websites, along with contact information.
Listen to Season 1 Episodes Here.
Founder and host Rona Buchalter has a rich prior career in global education and in refugee resettlement. She holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on political boundaries.
An investigative journalist, story editor, and audio producer, Leyla Doss produces Cerdan Stories. She has an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from SOAS, University of London. She co-founded international award-winning news outlet Mada Masr.