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Book title
In the sea there are crocodiles


Fabio Geda


Bibliographic information
Published in Italy in 2010 for Baldini&Castoldi  


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Complete novel:

The experiences lived by a young asylum-seeker in his journey from Afghanistan to Italy


Short summary
The Italian writer Fabio Geda tells the true story of an Afghani boy, named Enaiatollah Akbari, and his journey from Afghanistan to Italy  in the early 21st century. Enaiatollah is only 10 years old when he is left to fend for himself because his mother abandons him in Pakistan, – her way of saving him from Taliban rule. (His family belongs to the  Hazara people, a minority persecuted by the Talibans). So begins Enaiatollah’s long struggle to find a new home, security and education. The map in the book shows the route of his journey – through Iran, Turkey and Greece before finding a safe haven in Italy – and the text tells about the setbacks, cruelty and also kindness he encounters. His adventurous and perilous escape includes hiding in the false bottom of a lorry, dangerous border crossings and encounters with traffickers: it is  a frank and revealing testament of the experiences of a young asylum- seeker today.


Why is the story appropriate for the targeted groups of RSP readers?
This story reflects the current political/historical moment and refers to today's migrant situation. It makes students reflect upon the principle of inclusion and, at the same time, it promotes understanding of cultural diversities and heritage.

What are the distinguished readers interests reflected by this book/story?
This novel reflects the students' interests because it deals with the true biography of a teen-ager who, despite his tender age, has to cope with dramatic situations: in order to enjoy freedom he escapes from his country and sets out on a perilous journey, while going through terrible experiences. 


Why is this story motivational for the pupils?
This book is about a real story of an asylum-keeper, so it deals with the current issue of migration, but it also concerns hospitality. The main character's experience makes readers reflect upon the theme, move to tears while providing tips for discussion and   exchange about several important topics: violence, war, despair, freedom sorrow, exile, religion. Above all, it gives the students the opportunity to consider the migration phenomenon more carefully and caringly.


Is there a historical, political, multi/inter cultural, migrant or similar context recognized in this book/story? 
Yes, it reflects the current political/historical moment in Pakistan and Afghanistan (Taliban, war, persecution af Hazara minority …) and refers to today's migrant situation.


Is there a principle of inclusion reflected in this book/story and does it promotes understanding of cultural diversities and heritage? 
Yes, in this book readers can find the principle of inclusion (the boy will be adopted and will meet many caring people) and the understanding of cultural diversities and heritage

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