Alpha lives alone in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire ever since his wife and son left for Paris without a visa. He has heard nothing from them since. Desperate, he decides to leave everything behind in order to find them. He can take different routes to Europe, but he faces possibly years of illegal travelling. With a visa, Alpha’s journey to reunite with his family would take a matter of hours. Without one, he is adrift for months.
Along the way, he encounters unforgettable cast of fellow travellers, and everybody is prepared to face a journey full of dangers rather than stay buried in one place, without a future.
Never-ending dusty roads. Crooked human traffickers in the desert, refugee camps, diseases, overcrowded boats. But despite it all, Alpha stays the course.
Destination: Pariz, Gare du Nord.
„Alpha gives a name and face to the multitudes in refugee camps all over the world. An important story for all of us to know.“
New York Journal of Books
“This stark, poetic story personalizes immigration. For all libraries.” ―School Library Journal
“Ground-breaking… Stunning text.” ―Guardian
“By homing in on the experience of one symbolic individual, Alpha humanizes the too-often faceless tragedy.” ―Booklist
“Once you read this deeply troubling book, passing by, looking away, is no longer an option.” ―Michael Morpurgo, British author