visión de conjunto:Críticas 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') Reseña del editor 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. Contraportada One night on the dangerous Pakistan border Enaiatollah's mother tells him there are three things he must never do: use drugs or weapons cheat or steal.When the ten-year-old Afghan boy wakes alone the next morning he realises that she was saying goodbye - and that it is now up to him to find a place of safety.So begins a five-year-long journey laced with unspeakable horror but also moments of laughter and friendship. Life-changing and unforgettable this is a universal tale of courage and hope in the face of fear.'Frank revealing and clear-eyed' Guardian'Sorrowful and evocative . . . sobering and uplifting' Independent'Extraordinary' The Bookseller Biografía del autor 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.