When you think about what might have tipped Thomas Mair over the edge, it was probably seeing stuff like this. A Danish woman writes novelettes about a future civil war in Europe? Who might be the warring parties? Could Muslims or brown people be among them? Not a bit of it. They are busy living out their religion of peace while evil, hate-filled Europeans engage in ethnic conflict among themselves.
Teller has written fourteen versions of this Amnesty-International-approved book, each customised for maximum propaganda effect. The British version features a British family who get caught up in an ethnic conflict between Britons and Scandinavians (!) and are forced to seek refuge in the Middle East.
Endorsed by Amnesty International. Imagine if war broke out – not in Iraq or Afghanistan, somewhere far far away, but here, in our country. In War, Janne Teller embarks on a thought-provoking experiment: by simply turning the current crisis on its head, she reveals what it is like to flee your home country, to be exiled, and to fight for survival in a foreign country.
In this illustrated short story, Europe has fallen apart and the only place at peace within reach is the Middle East. You follow a normal British family as they flee to the Middle East and see what they go through as refugees, through the eyes of their fourteen-year-old son.
Originally published in Denmark in 2001, War has become more and more relevant and thought-provoking in the intervening years. In addition to the striking format and illustrations, what makes this book so special is that Janne Teller adapts the story for each country in which it is published.