2011 – the harsh storms of the “Arab Spring” in Libya swirl everything up. Jamila is barely 20 and already a widow. Fanatical government soldiers shot and killed her husband Omar basic and pointless. Now she drives with her young son Farid, about 5, on an overloaded ghost ship across the Mediterranean and hopes in Europe for a new life in safety. Unwittingly, the two
A few months so to flood into tools Gaddafi, who threatened his power in a desperate struggle, Europe with a flood of refugees later -.
Gaddafi was yesterday – travel Angelina, 52 and her parents in the opposite direction: the Italian family searches the day before yesterday, follows the memories of a happy past in Libya, which came to an abrupt end with Gaddafi’s overthrow 1970th they also had time before Gaddafi flee across the sea to Italy.
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< p> the first part takes us to one of the last Saharan oases of Libya Like his ancestors -.
nomadic Bedouins – once lived, the little Farid from stories learns his grandfather Mussa the boy still carries their sensitivity to his surroundings when he. looking at the stars in the clear night sky or a shy gazelle approaches curious, holds out a branch until it gently abrupft pistachios which the animal is a symbol of the loss -. happiness, harmony, security, innocence … Farid’s parents and Jamila Omar born in modern times after the oil discovery (1959) and the coup of the young Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and raised.
the charismatic revolutionary leader left the desert settlements concrete, build modern houses and schools. at that time also Mussa said the Raïs have done a poor country significant. Jamila could study singing, Omar was television technician. Database Now helped Omar antenna installations to carry the news of the uprising against Gaddafi and his war against the rebels in the oasis. Mussa loses his faith in the “King of Kings”. When Omar is killed, Jamila and Farid flee. on adventurous ways the two reach the sea. The kidnapper, is to receive the fugitives, everyone sees that he promises rather than sinking rescue. And yet all the unscrupulous intermediaries woo, to be taken to Italy for a second chance does not exist. At sea they expect almost unimaginable.
(twice as large) middle part is about the Italian family. The grandparents Antonio and Santa followed in 1938 inspired to transform the call of the Duce , Libya into a fertile land – Italy’s benefit. They quickly make friends with the locals, they help each other, agriculture in the Italian settlements flourishing expelled during the war by the British, return many of these colonists after 1945 to North Africa back -. And are welcome in their old homeland. In the fifties and sixties, the Taliani form a successful, prosperous middle class. Christians, Jews, Muslims live together peacefully, work, respect each other and the institutions of the other, enjoy life together. 1959 her daughter Angelina is in Tripoli, where Antonio and Santa have built up with great commitment a successful candle factory was born. The culturally fertile climate of serene port city is their breeding ground. Her favorite playmate is Ali, the son of a wax suppliers. After Gaddafi’s revolution is to refer one of its first actions, all Taliani of the country. Despite having their merits, “from the desert made a fruit plate,” they should pay for the misdeeds of colonialism; all belongings they have left behind. The second expulsion cost the family of candle makers their identity. Angelina, who eleven years ” araba “, while ” taliana ” was, is now viewed as ” Tripolina ” oblique. The grandparents take in their new / old home barely walk, lose their zest for life, hanging about their memories, lonely. When the “Arab Spring” break loose “deprived themselves of their” lives Angelina, meanwhile, school teacher, with her son Vito at Catania. Vito is disoriented and lazy. He used to be a sea child, but now surfaced and he is not fishing once again. During the party for his 18th birthday suddenly he realized how empty his life so far is how little it his own is really (The description of the disco-mentality is one of the strongest passages in the book.). As a thesis for his A-levels he wants to write the history of his family; he is looking for his roots. During the holidays they visit the grandparents in Lampedusa. Angelina is tense there, the backward-looking Lamentos tired. Relieving all their desires to bring into the old Tripoli, stimulates the Vito of the trip. Curious they roam the city in search of Wiedererkennbarem, according to acquaintances. What they find is sobering and disillusioning – the new time has cut the threads of lived history
The third part brings the two family lines to each other -. But they never touch each other …
< p> The international political and socially engaged author, two years younger than Angelina has packed many topics in her short novel. The characters remain limited to the needs of the action; they unfold little. But the political and historical context for the expansion history of Italy since about 1911 and the history of Libya outlined Margaret Mazzantini very impressive, as Libya’s desert culture since the time of the merchant caravans from Central Africa. All of these are largely unknown to us, but very interesting developments. . Fascinating are also the dense nature descriptions of the first part and the harrowing portrayal of Farid and Jamila crossing
Throughout the author maintains an almost reportage style – short sentences, phrases like brush strokes. Episodes and moods join together as mosaic, is remembered and updates mingle in it. The result is a vivid and haunting book about events and stories that are quickly forgotten
PS:. With the movie “The sea in the morning” by Volker Schlöndorff, this novel has nothing to do p. >