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In early 2000, Enaiatollah Akbari, a 10-year-old hazara, is threatened by a Taliban man due to an hypothetical debt contracted by his father. Enaiat's mother, fearing for his life, leads him across the border. So began Enaiat's five-year journey, trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable dinghy in violent waters. Travelling through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, and Greece, he eventually reaches Italy where he finds a new family and gets the status of political refugee. His story was told by Fabio Geda in the book In the Sea There Are Crocodiles.
Born in Turin, Italy in 1972, Fabio Geda is an Italian novelist who used to work with children under duress before devoting himself to storytelling. His first novel, Per il resto del viaggio ho sparato agli indiani, published in 2007, was shortlisted for the prestigious Premio Strega prize. His non-fiction novel, In the sea there are crocodiles, based on the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari, has been translated in more than 30 countries. He collaborates with several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing at the Italian school of storytelling, Scuola Holden.
Thursday, 07 November, 2013