Letters From Alain
Written by Enrique Perez Diaz
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Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation.
This is a moving tale by a Cuban writer of a child coming to terms with the realities of life in Cuba – a unique society tht despite the world around it just doesn’t modernise, whilst coping with some very strange letters from his best friend who has gone away with his family to find a better life in America. Contemporary and cross-cultural it covers the morality of conflict – that of Cuba and America – and friendships forged both near and far. Brilliant storytelling it will encourage the reader to explore and challenge their own perceptions.
Very few titles read in the UK (a mere 3%) are books read in translation and even fewer are aimed at children. In France that figure is nearer 50%. It is vital that young people have the opportunity to read books fromas wide a range of countries and cultures as possible. The publisher of Letters from Alain is one such publisher and the Marsh Award in Translation selects the best of the books in translation and this is one.
Simon Breden, who translated this novel from Spanish, is a theatre director and visiting university lecturer.
Letters From Alain by Enrique Perez Diaz
Arturo, a 12 year old boy lives on the island of Cuba. One day, his best friend Alain goes away with his family on a small boat, in search of a better life in America.
When Alain’s dog returns mysteriously, the adults fear the worst. Meanwhile Arturo is receiving strange letters from his friend. What do they mean? And will his friend ever return?
"Letters from Alain reflects the experience of a generation of children who have lived through the conflict between a tiny island and a powerful empire." - The Metro
"This evocative and thought-provoking short-story is to be enjoyed by adults and youth alike." - Trish Meehan, CubaSi
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About the Author
Enrique Perez Diaz
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Aurora Metro Publications
12th June 2008
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