A staggeringly powerful story of migration, struggle and sisterhood, weaving together the stories of three women with very different backgrounds but one shared goal: to reach safety in Europe.
Dima fled war and torture in Syria.
Semhar is running from conscription in Eritrea.
Shoshana was driven from Nigeria by climate change and hunger.
Now the three women wait on the Libyan shore to board a crowded migrant boat heading for Europe, and the safety they long for.
Three modern-day odysseys. Three journeys through unimaginable pain and hardship in the hope of reaching safety. Three stories of struggle and bravery that reach a dramatic and deadly climax in the middle of the Mediterranean sea....
Louis-Philippe Dalembert is an award-winning Haitian poet and novelist, who writes in both French and Haitian Creole. His works have been translated into several languages. The Mediterranean Wall was longlisted for the Goncourt Prize and is the first of his novels to be translated into English. He now divides his home between Berlin, Paris and Port-au-Prince.
Fiction in translation