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Tears of Salt

Audiobook
Non-Fiction; Autobiography; History
Unabridged   4 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/09/2018

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Tears of Salt

A Doctor's Story

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684410248
Digital Download ISBN:9781684410255

Summary

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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Product Description

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.

Reviews/Praise

"Through Dr. Bartolo we understand that it is impossible to do nothing in the face of such great human need."—Vanity Fair

"Tears of Salt is a tender personal memoir of a fisherman's son turned doctor on the rocky island of Lampedusa, where Dr. Bartolo is at once the savior 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

"Dr. Bartolo's spare, poignant, angry account of his life as doctor to the refugees arriving on the shores of Italy is an unusual and important addition to the growing literature of migration. Anyone wanting to understand the disaster of what is happening around us should read this book."—Caroline Moorehead

Author Bio

Pietro Bartolo was born in Lampedusa to a family of fishermen. He returned to Lampedusa after getting his medical degree, and has been running the island's lone clinic since 1991. He was featured in the Academy Award–nominated documentary film Fire at Sea.
Lidia Tilotta is a journalist with RAI Regional News and Mediterraneo.