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In the sea there are crocodiles : the story of Enaiatollah Akbari

By: Geda, Fabio Curtis, Howard(Translated by)

1848531389 / 9781848531383
Paperback
853.92
02/07/2015
Stock expected by 29/01/2021
England
20 cm 211 pages : map (black and white)
Teenage / Young Adult  Learn More
Quiz No: 221878, Points 7.00, Book Level 5.40,
Middle Years - Key Stage 2 Learn More
Reprint. This translation originally published: Oxford: David Fickling, 2011.

One night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah's mother tells him three things: don't use drugs or weapons, don't cheat, don't steal.

The next day he wakes up to find she isn't there. Ten-year-old Enaiatollah is left alone at the border of Pakistan to fend for himself.

In a book that takes a true story and shapes it into a beautiful piece of fiction, Italian novelist Fabio Geda describes Enaiatollah's remarkable five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally managed to claim political asylum aged fifteen.

His ordeal took him through Iran, Turkey and Greece, working on building sites in order to pay people-traffickers, and enduring the physical misery of dangerous border crossings squeezed into the false bottoms of lorries or trekking across inhospitable mountains.

A series of almost implausible strokes of fortune enabled him to get to Turin, find help from an Italian family and meet Fabio Geda, with whom he became friends. The result of their friendship is this unique book in which Enaiatollah's engaging, moving voice is brilliantly captured by Geda's subtly simple storytelling.

In Geda's hands, Enaiatollah's journey becomes a universal story of stoicism in the face of fear, and the search for a place where life is liveable.

BIC:

5AN Interest age: from c 12 years, YFB General fiction (Children's / Teenage), YX Personal & social issues (Children's / Teenage)

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