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The Go-Between
This short story ”The Go-Between” is written by Ali Smith in 2009. The short story was written with a bunch of other stories, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The narrator in the short story is a 33 years old former microbiologist from Cameroun, that has ran from his own country and now works as a go-between guide for refugees, that’s seeking a normal life in Europe. He is situated in the Spanish town Ceuta in Morocco, where he is creating contact between the refugees and the international doctors, which are helping. The narrator has tried fleeing a lot of times himself, but it hasn’t worked yet. A lot of the refugees are hit by “the Spanish blindness”, that means they just focus on Spain and getting there. They have paid whatsoever for getting there. “The Network” is what the refugees are paying – paying to getting to Spain. The Network isn’t trusted though.
”All the men in this building suffer from it, Spanish Blindness. All you can see is Spain. All you can think is Spain tonight, Spain tonight. They have paid all their money to the Network, and the Network has promised a boat, maybe tonight. This boat never comes.” (p.4, l.73-75)

The way of writing in this short story plays a big deal. The author, Ali Smith, gets his message through via a very directly way, by using a first person narrator. He’s is taking use of short sentences, which is making the reader feeling more intense with the story. He makes it clear, how the people got/gets treated – and they didn’t get treated fair or good.
”They slashed the tents so they were useless when it rained. They burned the blankets. They collected up the mobiles. They took them away. They took all the food they found.” (p.3, ll.54-56)
The story is kind of personal, but the narrator isn’t mentioning any names and not even...

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