By A Staff Writer
Sea Prayer (Published by Bloomsbury, Price Rs 499) is a heart-wrenching story from the international bestselling author of The Kite Runner. It is being released on August 30.
Khaled Hosseini was impelled to write Sea Prayer by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015.
On a moonlit beach a father cradles his sleeping son as they wait for dawn to break and a boat to arrive.
He speaks to his boy of the long summers of his childhood, recalling his grandfather’s house in Syria, the stirring of olive trees in the breeze, the bleating of his grandmother’s goat, the clanking of her cooking pots. And he remembers, too, the bustling city of Homs with its crowded lanes, its mosque and grand souk, in the days before the sky spat bombs and they had to flee.
When the sun rises they and those around them will gather their possessions and embark on a perilous sea journey in search of a new home.
“My dear Marwan, I look at your profile in the glow of this moon, my boy, your eyelashes like calligraphy, closed in guileless sleep. And I say to you,
‘Hold my hand. Nothing bad will happen.’
Khaled Hosseini is an international bestselling and award-winning writer. His novels The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed have sold over 55 million copies in over 70 countries worldwide. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
The book is accompanied by evocative illustrations by the London-based artist and illustrator Dan Williams. His work has appeared in various international publications including the Guardian, National Geographic, Rolling Stone and the Wall Street Journal.