Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid
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Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid

Translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Based on a remarkable true story, an unforgettable Somali girl risks her life on the migrant journey to Europe to run in the Olympic Games.

At eight years of age, Samia lives to run. She shares her dream with her best friend and neighbor, Ali, who appoints himself her “professional coach.” Eight-year-old Ali trains her, times her, and pushes her to achieve her goals. For both children, Samia’s running is the bright spot in their tumultuous life in Somalia. She is talented, brave, and determined to represent her country in the Olympic Games, just like her hero, the great Somali runner Mo Farah.

For the next several years, Samia and Ali train at night in a deserted stadium as war rages and political tensions continue to escalate. Despite the lack of resources, despite the war, and despite all of the restrictions imposed on Somali women, Samia becomes a world-class runner. As a teenager, she is selected to represent her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She finishes last in her heat at the Games, but the sight of the small, skinny woman in modest clothes running in the dust of athletes like Veronica Campbell-Brown brings the Olympic stadium to its feet.

Samia sets her sights on the 2012 Games in London. Conditions in Somalia have worsened, and she must make the arduous migrant journey across Africa and the Mediterranean alone. Just like millions of refugees, Samia risks her life for the hope of a better future.

Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid is the unforgettable story of a courageous young woman, and it is also a remarkable window onto a global crisis.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Giuseppe
Catozzella

Giuseppe Catozzella’s writing has appeared in IL Corriere della Sera, Vanity Fair, Grants, and other publications. He is the author of several works of fiction. Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid has sold more than 150,000 copies in Italy alone, where it won several major awards. Following the Italian publication, Catozzella was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Giuseppe Catozzella’s writing has appeared in IL Corriere della Sera, Vanity Fair, Grants, and other publications. He is the author of several works of fiction. Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid has sold more than 150,000 copies in Italy alone, where it won several major awards. Following the Italian publication, Catozzella was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Anne
Milano Appel

Anne Milano Appel is an American translator of Italian literature. She obtained a doctorate in Romance languages from Rutgers University in 1970. She has translated, among others, works by Claudio Magris, Paolo Giordano, Giovanni Arpino and Goliarda Sapienza. She was awarded the John Florio Prize in 2012 for her translation of Arpino’s Scent of a Woman. She is also working on English translations of Giordano’s Like Family (December 2015, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking), Syrian Dust by Francesca Borri (March 2016, Seven Stories Press) and Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella (August 2016, Penguin Press).

Anne Milano Appel is an American translator of Italian literature. She obtained a doctorate in Romance languages from Rutgers University in 1970. She has translated, among others, works by Claudio Magris, Paolo Giordano, Giovanni Arpino and Goliarda Sapienza. She was awarded the John Florio Prize in 2012 for her translation of Arpino’s Scent of a Woman. She is also working on English translations of Giordano’s Like Family (December 2015, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking), Syrian Dust by Francesca Borri (March 2016, Seven Stories Press) and Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella (August 2016, Penguin Press).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
02/08/2016
Country
Italy
Original Language
Italian
Publisher
Penguin Press
Translator
Anne Milano Appel
Translation
Translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel

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