Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde (1983) is a Swedish writer, MBA and the founder as well as the CEO of the organisationInkludera(‘Include’). The organisation aims to help everyone be a part of the Swedish society through helping new entrepreneurs establish themselves in the Swedish business community. Hashemzadeh Bonde is the writer of two Swedish books, Hon är inte jag (‘She’s not me’) and Det var vi (What we owein English translation by Elizabeth Clark Wessel, published by Fleet 2018). The first of the two was published in Swedish in 2012 and the second in 2017.
What we owe was the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Fiction in 2019. One of the finalist judges, Lesley Arimah, wrote about the book: ‘This short powerful book puts “refugee” in context; it texturizes the experience. Gone are the layers of distance created by disassociating headlines, the clinical analyses of “yet another” crisis unfolding across the world. But it is more than that, so much more. It is a novel of mothers and daughters, of what they give and take from each other and how this relationship can be a loving bond or bondage. What Bonde has accomplished in this slim work is nothing short of extraordinary.’ This statement captures the nature of the book, as it gives a complex and diverse image of what being a refugee can result in and how identity is being passed on from generation to generation.