142 Gómez, Ricardo

El cazador de estrellas (The star hunter)

Zaragoza : Edelvives, 2003. – 168 p.(Colección Alandar ; 40)ISBN 84-263-5204-9

Western Sahara – Refugee camp – Child – Illness – Imagination

12-year-old Bachir lives in a refugee camp in the Western Sahara, which has been occupied by Moroccan troops for many years already. Because of a lung disease, Bachir is confined to his tent; the sounds and noises coming through the thin walls are his only connection to the outside world. His illness is like a prison that also inhibits his inner development. But when Jamida enters into his life, the boy finally gains new hope. Thanks to the old man, who is invisible to the boy, Bachir and the readers learn about the history of his people and the distant world of the stars. Ricardo Gómez conveys the coming-of-age of this boy with great empathy and sympathy for his protagonist. (12+) (Premio Alandar; 2003)

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