Part dark fairy tale, part mystery, Yiza is the story of three
homeless street children on the run. One evening, not long after
her arrival in Germany, six-year-old Yiza is abandoned at the
market where she spends her days. At a shelter for migrant children
she meets two boys, Schamhan and Arian, and together they run away.
Trekking through snowy forests and housing settlements, they evade
police custody, subsisting on the margins of society and doing
whatever it takes to survive. Both boys are protective of Yiza but
are blind to the moral and emotional complexities of their actions.
When Yiza falls ill they take shelter in a greenhouse and Arian
spends his days begging for food and medicine, but before long they
are discovered. When Yiza is illicitly taken into care and confined
the novel reaches its brutal denouement as Schamhan and Arian will
do anything to be reunited with her. Narrated in simple language
and with an innocent charm that belies its social reality, Yiza is
a pertinent and timely tale of displacement and suffering.
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