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GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda

Description

When ten-year-old Enaiatollah Akbari’s small village in Afghanistan falls prey to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the boy across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. Thus begins Enaiat’s remarkable and often punish­ing five-year ordeal, which takes him through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen.

Along the way, Enaiat endures the crippling physical and emotional agony of dangerous border crossings, trekking across bitterly cold mountain pathways for days on end or being stuffed into the false bottom of a truck. But not every­one is as resourceful, resilient, or lucky as Enaiat, and there are many heart-wrenching casualties along the way.

Based on Enaiat’s close collaboration with Italian novelist Fabio Geda and expertly rendered in English by an award- winning translator, this novel reconstructs the young boy’s memories, perfectly preserving the childlike perspective and rhythms of an intimate oral history.

Told with humor and humanity, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat’s moving and engaging voice and lends urgency to an epic story of hope and survival.

About the Author

FABIO GEDA is an Italian novelist who writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers. This is his first book to be translated into English. Howard Curtis is a London-based translator of Italian and French texts, for which he has won numerous awards.

Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385534736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385534734
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MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

Born in Afghanistan and smuggled out by his mother, he left in Pakistan at age ten to fend for himself, Enaiat manages to make his way to Italy and obtains status as a political refugee.  This should be a sad and serious tale, but the story telling comes alive and provides a humorous and winning look on life.  Yes, his harsh life is harrowing, but as a young boy, Enaiat finds that he can survive and even thrive through the hardship.  I was cheering for him the whole time!  The author did a wonderful job translating this boy's story without losing the voice of the subject.  I really thought the interspersed translations were direct and inspiring.  Just when you think your life is bad, there is a tale that comes out to teach an important lesson. 



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33 comments:

  1. This one is on my "books to watch" list. Sounds like one I'd be interested in reading.

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  2. Enaiat's story sounds riveting. It sounds like a great read.
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