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My Life as an Alien is a sewn hardback of 214 pages, printed lithographically, with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w.


ISBN 978-1-912586-51-6


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Publication date: 29th September 2023.


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My Life as an Alien


Seraj Assi


‘It’s an extraordinary sensation to be finally on the wing when everything else is falling apart. It’s like I’ve been abducted by extraterrestrials and beamed away from this doomed world.’


So begins My Life As An Alien, Seraj Assi’s brilliant debut novel. Described by one reader as ‘Kafka as Everyman’, it is the interior travelogue of a nameless refugee as he escapes, with very mixed feelings, from his war-torn Middle Eastern homeland and heads to a new life in the ‘Land of the Free’.


The book explores how it feels to be seen as an alien and suspected of being a terrorist by nearly every Westerner you encounter. How being considered fully human is only an aspiration for many people in the world. How unlikely it is that the meek will inherit the Earth.


But our hero is no prophet or saint, and as we learn more of the life he has left behind, it becomes clear that he is, perhaps, only too human after all. This is an original and compelling book that offers a very different perspective on the world we thought we knew.



Author biography

Seraj Assi was born and raised in a small Palestinian village in Israel. At the age of thirty, he self-exiled to the United States and settled in Washington DC. He holds a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Georgetown University. His academic publications include The History and Politics of the Bedouin (Routledge). He writes for several media outlets. This is his first novel.



"Assi’s voyage from the Old World to the New – and the fictional representation of it in My Life As An Alien – is the dream of many a voyager in our contemporary world. It seems we live in times of great displacement. Here is a novel, an excellent comic, sardonic, novel in which the voices shouted down and shouted over, refused, excluded, abandoned, deported, finally get a chance to speak."

John O'Donoghue in Critical Muslim magazine

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