Tabea Alexa Linhard’s new book details the complicated journeys of six European writers escaping fascism.

In the 1930s and ‘40s, anti-fascist writers across Europe were forced to flee their countries. Displaced by the Spanish Civil War and World War II, they took complicated, dangerous routes to find safe asylum.

In her new book, “Unexpected Routes: Refugee Writers in Mexico,” Tabea Alexa Linhard follows six refugee writers who escaped from Europe to Mexico. Linhard, director of global studies and professor of Spanish, sat down with the Ampersand to discuss the legacies of these writers, their conflicting perspectives on racism, and what’s missing from the most famous depiction of European refugees, “Casablanca.”