Notes on a Shipwreck: A Story of Refugees, Borders, and Hope

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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Davide Enia was born in 1974 in Palermo, Italy. He has written, directed, and performed in plays for the stage and for radio. Enia has been honored with the Ubu Prize, the Tondelli Award, and the ETI Award, Italy's three most prestigious theater prizes. He lives and cooks in Rome.

Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator. His recent translations include Kill the Father and Kill the Angel by Sandrone Dazieri, The Catholic School by Edoardo Albinati, Everything Is Broken Up and Dances by Edoardo Nesi and Guido Maria Brera, and Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia.


"[A] quiet yet urgent memoir...Notes on a Shipwreck rings graphically true...Enia's understatement and touching humor help keep his own losses in perspective. His personal stories focus and footlight those of his witnesses...the book attests that a sincere engagement with global crises can grow only from a soil of sympathy that's local and personal." --New York Times Book Review

"Subtle meditation and devastating detail combine in this journalistic memoir...A potent narrative that builds from matter-of-fact observation through horrific experience toward a metaphysical acceptance that is something like a state of grace." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Affecting...Passionate and compassionate...Enia's intensely personal voice and his poetic language engage his audience in a difficult subject, producing a powerful result...This intimate look into the realities of the refugee crisis takes readers from emotional disconnect to a profound understanding." --Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"Fascinating...This account of the migrant crisis is raw and tragic but also uplifting, full of hope, a story of courage, humanity, kindness, strength, and commonality...Enia has a way of gaining the confidence of interviewees that leads to a heart-breaking honesty...[a] brilliant translation of an important book." --NB

"A haunting memoir about refugees and rescuers, survivors and strangers, fathers and sons. Especially rare--and searing--among the voices [Enia] captures are those of the rescuers, who face the terrible decision about whom to save and whom to abandon...[a] spectacular testimony." --Christian Science Monitor