European Book Club
EUROPEAN BOOK CLUB. THE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA PRESENTS A BOOK
BY FABIO GEDA
In the Sea there are Crocodiles
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, along with EUNIC, the network of the European cultural institutes of Toronto formed by Alliance Française, Toronto, Camões Toronto, Goethe-Institut, Toronto and Istituto Italiano di Cultura, invites you to their next book club meeting for the presentation and discussion of In the Sea there are Crocodiles (Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli) by Fabio Geda, led by Laura D’Aprile.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 – 2:00pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496, Huron St., Toronto
Information 416.921.3802 ext.221
The European Book Club meets periodically in a different cultural institute to discuss a contemporary European book translated into English.
About the book
In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life, led him across the border. So began Enaiat’s remarkable and often punishing five-year ordeal—trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable raft in violent waters—through Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and Greece, before he eventually sought political asylum in Italy, all before he turned fifteen years old. Here Fabio Geda delivers the moving true story of Enaiat’s extraordinary will to survive and of the accidental brotherhood he found with the boys he met along the way. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat’s engaging voice and humor, in what is a truly epic story of hope and survival, for readers of all ages.
“I definitely believe that this book is a little gem at heart.” , The Guardian
Born in Turin in 1972, novelist Fabio Geda writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing in Scuola Holden, the most famous Italian school of storytelling. He has published the novels Per il resto del viaggio ho sparato agli indiani (Instar Libri 2007, Feltrinelli 2009), L’esatta sequenza dei gesti (Instar Libri 2008), Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli (Dalai Editore 2010, translated in 32 countries), L’estate alla fine del secolo (Dalai Editore 2011) and the monologue La bellezza nonostante (Transeuropa 2011). In the Sea There are Crocodiles (Doubleday 2011) is the story of an Afghan boy who undergoes a five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally manages to claim political asylum, based on the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari. http://www.fabiogeda.it
Laura D’Aprile is an independent documentary producer, writer, and television journalist. Her lifelong interests, which range from astrophysics to philosophical thought and the history of the development of human social organizations, are often reflected in, or inform the subject of her works. An avid reader and great promoter of literature and the arts, Laura was enchanted by the story of Einaiatollah and the book club’s featured book, “In the Sea there are Crocodiles”. She is looking forward to participating in the forum.
A few copies of the book are available for purchase at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura