In The Sea There Are Crocodiles: The True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari | Fabio Geda

This is a worthy book.                                                                                       
‘In The Sea There Are Crocodiles’ is the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari. It is a story of hardship, loss and pain. So much hardship, loss and pain in one young life is difficult to truly imagine. This story is told at a distance – emotionally and physically – perhaps to make it easier for us to digest, but more likely to make it easier for Enaiat to relive.

However it is also told with humour and heart. Geda effectively uses the voice and language of Enaiat. The narrative is remembered in a linear fashion with the occasional ‘here and now’  conversation between the author & Enaiat. These little moments provide relief as well as explanatory points that Enaiat clears up with the benefit of hindsight and maturity.
 
This story is not only worthy but worthwhile.
 
Despite the hardship you leave this story feeling grateful for your own life and grateful to Enaiat for his bravery in sharing his story.  And of course there is hope, the kindness of strangers and the power of the individual to rise above adversity.
Enaiat’s story is for young and old alike.

When a ten-year-old boy’s village in Afghanistan falls prey to Taliban rule, 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.

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.

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