We are delighted to reveal the cover of In Limbo Too, a book of testimonies from UK citizens in the EU. The book is the sequel of In Limbo and is the fruit of a wonderful collaboration between In Limbo – Our Brexit testimonies and Brexpats, though it also sees the contribution of several groups of Britons abroad. The cover is the mirror image of the first book with a woman and a child rather than a man.
Some of you may wonder why a forest. When Article 50 was triggered, Dante’s words came to my mind.
“Midway upon the journey of our life,
I found myself in a dark forest,
For the straight path had been lost”
(Dante, Inferno, Canto I)
The dark forest truly represents our limbo: place of uncertainty, sadness, confusion, fragility, anger and many other painful feelings.
Moreover, the two book-covers taken together offer not only the image of the individual seeking a way out from the dark forest, but a broader narrative of men, women and children looking for a path among the trees.
As the cover of In Limbo Too reflects with its colouring, they search together for the deep blue sea beyond the gloom and the clear blue sky against which the stars shine so brightly, to look across at each other from the cliff-tops on both sides of the water, calling out, eschewing separation, seeking connection.
Blue is also a very British and European colour, so very appropriate to tell the stories of British citizens.
Indeed Dante’s Inferno ends with the verse:
“Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars”
(Dante, Inferno, Canto XXXIV)
Our limbo is not only about whether we have the right documents to be able to live in the country that we call home. There is a psychological limbo too into which we have been plunged.
My hope is that we can all “re-behold the stars”, as content and settled as we first were before this Referendum.