In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda

In the Sea There are Crocodiles

Written by Fabio Geda

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Winner of the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation 2013 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.

A Piece of Passion from the Publisher: "One book that we have all been talking about is In the Sea There are Crocodiles - a poignant and remarkable true story of a ten year old Afghan boy's ten thousand mile journey to find safety. One night Enaiatollah's mother sends him to bed with her three rules in life - don't use drugs, don't use weapons and don't steal. The next morning he wakes alone in Pakistan, abandoned by his mother at ten years old for his own safety. He embarks on a journey to find safety abroad by travelling alone through Iran, Turkey and Greece to finally end up in Italy."


In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda

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.


A true story woven into a wonderful piece of fiction ... This is a story of perseverance and endurance made all the more moving as it is based on truth -- Vanessa Lewis The Bookseller Fabio has a poetic turn of phrase, but lets events speak for themselves. The result is a moving and eye-opening chronicle of hardships no child should have to endure, mitigated by intermittent kindness -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times Geda's voice combines the plucky survivor's determination of his charge with moments of pathos-soaked poignancy and others of joyful laughter ... This little gem, beautifully and unobtrusively translated, will raise tears of sorrow and of joy Independent Based on a true story, this extraordinary tale of a young boy's search for a home will be published simultaneously in adult and YA editions -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller This powerful true-life tale ... is sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction. Carousel 'Pick of the Year'

About the Author

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). This is his first book to be translated into English.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

5th July 2012




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