One night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah s mother tells him three things don t use drugs, don t use weapons, don t steal The next day he wakes up to find she isn t there Ten year old Enaiatollah is left alone in 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 friendsThe 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

10 thoughts on “In the Sea there are Crocodiles

  1. vivianolla vivianolla says:

    It s a wonderful book written with a simple poetic language,that touches the heart deeply A story so moving, so humanly desperate, yet so full of hope and courage and innocence..Enayat goes through horrible experiences, meets terrible people, faces intorrable hardships, yet his heart is so pure and hopeful that he survives the unsurvivable From now on I will look at any immigrant with a different eye Kinder , surely undestanding and compassionate A must read for everybody.

  2. Joegg Joegg says:

    What a brilliant book I have read this book alongside the Italian version in my opinion it is a book that could be read for 0 or A level students Fabio s Italian version is excellent and I loved reading it The translation is very very good but in parts does not quite get the essence of the Italian.What a story Enaiatollah, I loved hearing about your journey but cried at your hardships and the things you had seen and suffered I was so interested to learn of your introduction to Italy and the kindness you found there I love Italy too It s people are cultured and kind.This was a wonderful book that took me on your journey from Afghanistan eventually to Rome Thank you for telling it.I can recommend this book to anyone of any age and they will be educated, entertained and thankfull for their own lives.

  3. Rosemary Rosemary says:

    Graphic account of an Afghan boy s journey to Europe This was originally published as a book for children and some of the nastier events may have been toned down for a young audience or could be too painful to want to remember As a result this fictionalised account may not do full justice to the boy s story, although it does illustrate the turmoil in a troubled area of the world.

  4. Carolyn Jennings Carolyn Jennings says:

    Excellent I love the way the story is told with just facts The feelings you can work out for yourself A privilege to read about this brave boy and his efforts to survive.

  5. Liz Liz says:

    This book is indeed a little gem, short and simply written It tells the story of a ten year old Afghan boy who escapes from Afghanistan and makes his way through Iran, Turkey and Greece and eventually to Italy Certainly food for thought and makes you realise just what incredible hardship people are going through in the world in order to find a better life Also reminded me that there are also some wonderful people out there, eg the author, Fabio Geda.


    Real life story of a 10 year old boy s escape from Taliban takeover of his village in Afghanistan.How he survived on his own and made his own way to Europe.Haunting, tragic,and sad, but also funny, and amusing.Written mostly in the words of the little boy himself, recounting his story to the author.Lovely

  7. Judy Grosch Judy Grosch says:

    This book is especially appropriate for young readers It is informative and touches the heart I as an adult was also moved by the narrative My motive for reading it was due to my tutoring Syrian children who have come to live in our small Bavarian village.Judy Grosch, Germany

  8. lesley lesley says:

    good book

  9. Alison Lowe Alison Lowe says:

    The story was well managed as this is a difficult subject It leaves the imagination to do it s job.I really liked the interaction between the author and the person in the story, it made it alive.

  10. Dimitri Dimitri says:

    This book is strongly recommended by those who have made similar journeys and sought sanctuary in Europe Every page is redolent of the tales and experience of countless other refugees from Afghanistan