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Author(s): Pietro Bartolo; Chenxin Jiang (Translator)

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For twenty-five years, Dr. Pietro Bartolo has run the lone medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa. In that time he has rescued, welcomed, and cared for many of the hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants from the Middle East and Africa who have washed up on the island's shores. In this inspiring account of his life and work, Bartolo shares his quiet dignity, unshakable moral center, and inspirational message-"We can't and we won't be governed by our fears."The book is filled with Bartolo's unforgettable tales of pain and hope, moving stories of those who didn't make it and those who did.Tears of Salt is both a lasting work of literature and an intimate portrait and fresh perspective on a signal crisis of our time.


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Bartolo tells us about rescuing everyone he can, burying those he cannot, and saving their stories as if they were his own. This is a personal, urgent and universal book * Gloria Steinem * Through Bartolo we understand that it is impossible to do nothing in the face of such great human need * Vanity Fair * An urgent, wrenching dispatch from the frontline of the defining crisis of our times . . . Bartolo is at once the saviour and the coroner to boatload after boatload of migrants who risk everything to cross the deadly seas. It is also a damning indictment of the broader, collective indifference of humankind to both the drowned and the saved. * Philip Gourevitch *

Pietro Bartolo (Author) Pietro Bartolo was born in Lampedusa sixty years ago to a family of fishermen and grew up working on his father's boat. He returned to Lampedusa after getting his medical degree, and has been running the clinic since 1991.Lidia Tilotta (Author) Lidia Tilotta is a journalist of RAI Regional News and of Mediterraneo.

General Fields

  • : 9780857057297
  • : Quercus
  • : MacLehose Press
  • : October 2017
  • : 204mm X 132mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2017
  • : books

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  • : Pietro Bartolo; Chenxin Jiang (Translator)
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 224