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- DescriptionIn Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, in 1998, twenty-year-old Driton Maliqi faced an empty future. The war with Serbia was raging in the mountains. The Serbian police and military had a stranglehold on life in Prishtina. There was future for him in his homeland. So, like many young men his age, he decided to leave. Driton's father hired a smuggler, a man specializing in the illegal transport of human beings, to take him to Western Europe. Driton hoped for a better life in England. Getting there meant a bus trip through enemy territory, from Serbia to Hungary; a days-long truck ride along back roads, in a truck packed tight with human cargo; a long trek through darkness to the Czech border; and a border crossing through dense forest and over raging rivers. At length, he reached Varnsdorf, Czech Republic, the centre of human smuggling in Western Europe, where refugees the Balkans to Afghanistan went to try to get into Germany, where they could seek asylum or move on to places like England. After months of failed attempts to cross the border, days without food, nights in German and Czech jail cells and among dozens of other refugees packed into single rooms in refugee hotels, and still more trouble inside Germany, he finally made it to England, to begin the new life he had sacrificed so much for. But even then, his journey-which he recounts with a natural storyteller's gift, an extraordinary eye for detail, and a leaven of dry Balkan wit-was still far from over...
- Author BiographyDriton Maliqi was born in Prishtina in 1978. After the events he describes in this book, his first, he settled in Canada in 2008. He lives and writes in Montreal.
- Author(s)Driton Maliqi
- Date of Publication31/03/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight281 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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