In the Sea There are Crocodiles

by Fabio Geda

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An incredible story and a true one, this is an exceptional novel which gives an inside view of one boy’s struggle for survival and a better life. Having fled their village home in Afghanistan, ten year old Enaiatollah and his mother are struggling for survival at the border of Pakistan. One morning he wakes up to find his mother has gone; with no idea how to find her, Enaiatollah travels from Afghanistan to Italy and the chance of a better life. His courage and resilience in the face of so much adversity is remarkable and awe inspiring.

Sarah Broadhurst

In the Sea There are Crocodiles Synopsis

One night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah's mother tells him three things: don't use drugs, don't use weapons, don't steal. The next day he wakes up to find she isn't there. They have fled their village in Ghazni to seek safety outside Afghanistan but his mother has decided to return home to her younger children. Ten-year-old Enaiatollah is left alone in Pakistan to fend for himself. In a book based on a true story, Italian novelist Fabio Geda describes Enaiatollah's remarkable five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally managed to claim political asylum. 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 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, where he found help from an Italian family and met Fabio Geda. The result of their friendship is this unique book in which Enaiatollah's engaging, moving voice is brilliantly captured by Geda's subtle 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.

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In the Sea There are Crocodiles Press Reviews

'The personal stories of refugees and their life-or-death battles are usually lost in between the lines of news reports. In direct and undecorated prose, Fabio Geda beautifully delivers the human experience of Enaiatollah, a ten-year-old Afghani boy, whose will for survival is more than remarkable. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles will make you laugh and cry, and it will also make you a better person. Everyone should read this book.'
-- Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran

'A moving and eye-opening account chronicle of hardships no child should have to endure, mitigated by intermittent kindnesses.'
-- Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9780099555452
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781849920988
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Publisher: David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
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Publication date: 07/07/2011
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Book Information

ISBN: 9780099555452
Publication date: 5th July 2012
Author: Fabio Geda
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation,

About Fabio Geda

Born in Turin in 1972, Fabio Geda is an Italian novelist who works with children in difficulties. He writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing in the most famous Italian school of storytelling (Scuola Holden, in Turin). In the Sea There are Crocodiles is his first book to be translated into English.   Author photo © Dalai Editore

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