The flight of a boy who left Afghanistan for Italy and never looked back.
This is the story of a boy born in Afghanistan 19 years ago.
When he was eight, he saw his parents die. At nine he lived hidden in a cage with two dogs. At eleven he was about to become a kamikaze in Kandahar. And so he ran away.
His flight would last five years, five months and seventeen days. He would cross seven countries. He would cover nearly 4,700 miles on foot or by any available means of transportation. But he would never forgot the friend who lent him all the money he had for the journey—money he had set aside to get married. He would never forget the last meal his mother made him, little river fish whose taste he never encountered again. He would never forget his language, even though he never uses it.
Today that boy has become a young man and he lives in Italy, in Turin. This is his story.
A true story told with lyricism and passion.
A protagonist who carries the signs of his past, and of his freedom: a boy who enchants when he speaks, and will win the hearts of those who listen to him.
- An author known and adored by the press, such as Pierdomenico Baccalario, global bestselling author, finally with his first narrative for adults.
Pierdomenico grew up in an old house with a library containing more than 20,000 volumes. A writer and journalist, his books have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into over 30 languages. Today he is considered one of the greatest Italian children’s authors.