May 2017

African Titanics

By Abu Bakr Khaal

Eritrean author Abu Bakr Khaal’s novel African Titanics (Darf Publishers, 2014) follows the adventures of would-be European immigrant Abdar, as he travels North from Eritrea, via Libya, with the idea of surviving the Mediterranean crossing to Italy.  The book follows the rhythm of his travels:  at one moment he and his companions are fleeing bandits in the Sahara; at the next, they’re patiently awaiting news of a calm sea.  The narrative maintains a constant tension between life and death, hope and despair.  Abdar’s story addresses the question:  why do so many people affected by war, poverty and famine choose to make the trip, despite the high risk of death?

ISBN: 9781850772736
Darf Publishers