Through Bartolo we understand that it is impossible to do nothing in the face of such great human need
An urgent, wrenching dispatch from the frontline of the defining crisis of our times . . . Bartolo is at once the saviour 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.
Bartolo tells us about rescuing everyone he can, burying those he cannot, and saving their stories as if they were his own. This is a personal, urgent and universal book
Dr Pietro Bartolo's account of his years administering to this wretched, threadbare flotilla is a haunting and urgent testimony. He is an impassioned and compelling narrator