Bennich-Björkman’s journey into the darkness and light of exile begins in 1944 when her mother flees Estonia to Sweden. She has also interviewed Bosnian refugees who are now scattered around the world. Bennich-Björkman traveled around Europe to get an understanding of how it felt to live in these different countries. She has spent 20 years interviewing people in exile, giving them a voice and a face.
Writing the book turned out to be a way to understand her own mother, and what happens to an individual who is forced to leave a life behind to build a new one. The collected stories are further enhanced by the photos accompanying the lecture.
Li Bennich-Björkman is Johan Skytte Professor in Political Science and Eloquence at the Department of Government, she is also a Professor at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University.