Welcome to Paradise

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The Strait of Gibraltar - the shortest distance between Europe and Africa. It is ten miles of water across which, when the sun shines, Moroccan and Spanish towns can see each other as clear as day. But when night falls on the Strait, and the surfers and tourists have gone home, immigrant traffickers undertake the furious journey across and pit themselves - and their boats laden with human cargo - against two sets of coast guards and the unpredictability of the sea.
Then there are traffickers like Morad, who has opted for a less hazardous role in the proceedings after being repeatedly deported by French authorities. Holding court at a back table in the Cafe France in Tangier, Morad assigns passengers to boatmen, collects fares and regales prospective clients with dazzling stories of life in the West.
His passengers are a disparate group: Kacem Judi, who has escaped from the civil war in Algeria; Nuara, with her newborn child, whose husband hasn't been in touch for months since moving to France; Pafadnam and Yarce, who have survived the brutal journey from Mali; Aziz, the young narrator, and his cousin Reda, who are both severed from their families in southernmost Morocco. Their pasts differ, but they all share a longing to escape and a readiness to risk everything - and they must trust Morad to complete their dangerous journey.
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Grouping Titlewelcome to paradise
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Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
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display_descriptionMahi Binebine’s courageous novel takes place in Morocco, where seven would-be immigrants, pulled by the dream of a better life, gather one night near the Straight of Gibraltar, the ten-mile-wide waterway that separates Europe and Africa, to wait for a signal from traffickers that it is time to cross. While they wait, their stories unfold: Kacem is an escapee from the civil war in Algeria; Nuara, with her newborn child, hopes to find her husband, who hasn’t been in touch for months since moving to France; and Aziz, the young narrator, and his cousin Reda are severed, in different ways, from their families in southern Morocco. They all share a longing to escape and a readiness to risk everything, but the only person who can help them is Morad, a fast-talking ex-con. Welcome to Paradise delves into a world that most readers know only from stories on the nightly news, delivering a compassionate glimpse into the difficulties facing asylum seekers and a striking portrait of human desperation.
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