A Zest for Happiness

A Zest for Happiness

by Melina Nardi


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1989 in Chargulli, Pakistan. Sameer loves running after chickens and stealing apples from his neighbors. He has no idea that soon enough his life will change drastically as the Russians leave Afghanistan and the Talibans are slowly taking over the region.

1989 in Naples, Italy. Nicola loves watching Beppe make pizza and hates doing subtractions. He wonders where his mother is taking him as she runs through the peach and olive trees, further and further away from home.

1989 in Santiago, Chile. Juan is a lonely child who has been taught to hide in the shadows. He hears all around him that Pinochet is gone, that democracy has been restored... so why does his father still feel fear in his guts every time he leaves the house?

Inspired from real persons, based on true facts, this novel reveals the untold stories of many people around the globe who are struggling to find their own life destinations, despite oppression, humiliation and confusion. They are immigrants, activists, guerrilleros... or simply human beings with a wandering heart... but all of them have an admirable zest for happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789563534429
Publisher: Melina Nardi
Publication date: 10/25/2013
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Melina Nardi is a writer and an unstoppable explorer. She started as a theatre director in London, went on to studying human rights and working in peace-building in Palestine and Washington DC, till she fell in love in Chile and got into advertising. Besides writing, Melina enjoys receiving friends and travelers in her small coffee shop of Santiago de Chile. Heiress of many cultures and stories, she has been an immigrant her whole life. She uses literary fiction to talk about universal stories of identity, self-discovery and overcoming. From her childhood in Belgium Melina got a sense of order and a taste for beers, but she remains Italian at heart as just the smell of ragù and the taste of mozzarella make her immensely happy.

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