author Mariana Chiesa Mateos 

illustrations of Mariana Chiesa Mateos 



rights sold: French, Spanish, Brazilian and Portuguese language 

collection: album



March 2010 

suitable for every a, pages 68, cm. 19.8 x 19.8 

isbn 978-88-89025,  

non disponibile

Migratory birds. Trees with family-like roots and branches. And water. The water of the vast ocean which holds up, separates and unites the hopes, lands and destinies of those pursuing dreams, and those who are being pursued. The history, the stories, of two periods of migration. The far-off one in the early Twentieth century, when ships loaded with Italians, Spaniards, Germans, Poles, Irish and French people left European ports to cross the ocean and reach the Americas. And today's migration, whereby vessels plough through the Mediterranean, laden with North Africans, Eritreans, Kurds, Yemenis, Sudanese and Pakistanis, headed for the coastlines of Europe. A book without words, leaving the story's epilogue to the sensitivity of the individual reader. A book with two covers. From past to present, or from present to past. A book that's delicate while being strong and real at the same time. As real as the experience of Mariana Chiesa - the granddaughter of Spanish emigrants in Argentina, who herself emigrated from Argentina to Spain, until reaching Italy. Her old great-grandfather's profile can be made out in the faces of the asylum seekers approaching the European coast. A book for those who believe that the seas unite, rather than divide.