YA FICTION

EXTENT: 160

TARGET GROUP: 13+

ABOUT:

Syria, Islam, War, Migration,

Refugees, Terrorism


ITALIAN PUBLISHER:

Feltrinelli (2017)


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FIND OUT Team Srl, Novara, Italy Email: rights@findout-team.com

KEEP WALKING

Synopsis

Syria. 2016. Salìm, thirteen years old, fleeing Aleppo with his father and a group of other refugees, and Fatma, thirteen as Salìm, sent as a suicide bomber by sent by her father and brother, SI militants toward a military camp on the Turkish border. Fatma and Salìm, two sides of the same war, both destined to a path that they did not choose. The story, with the parallel life of the two protagonists, offers a look not only on the issue of migrants or of religious terrorism (and trying to unravel the confusion that recent events have generated), but especially on the tragedy of children violated, on the fate that awaits children (all children, regardless of their stories) when a war is.

Excerpt

Dad gets up, approaches a man, greets him. The man also gets up and start talking in a low voice, while the day is expanding slowly over the desert. They speak and look far away, at the horizon, at the road there, somewhere, that sometimes depending on the wind or light you can see in a glimpse. "Can you see it?” He says to me from time to time. “Can you you see, Salìm, over there, that thin strip like the tail of a serpent? It is our way.” I nod, yes, of course I see it, I say, but I cannot not really see anything. I only see the sand, like a sea, a sea of sand that stretches over more sand. But I nod because it's what I want to see, that road, and I know that it is what he wants dad too.

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