"… a strong account of what it means to be living in exile, yet dreaming of returning home. Endorsed by Amnesty International, this book will have a particular impact for teenagers feeling – rightly – angry about dispossession and ethnic cleansing." The Bookseller
“Lily Hyde has constructed a compelling and heartbreaking narrative from a composite of countless interviews and conversations with countless Crimean Tatar families… utterly credible and wonderfully sympathetic.” The Bookbag (UK edition)
"A beautiful book about a culture that has suffered a lot and is very much in the news now. If you are wondering what is going on in Ukraine's Crimea and in relations between Russia and Ukraine, this book is a great place to start." Robert Coalson, journalist, RFE/RL
It was meant to be like coming home.
All her life Safi’s parents have dreamt of returning to Grandpa’s native village in Crimea. But exchanging their sunny Uzbekistan house for a squalid camp is more like a nightmare. Will the return to a country where no one welcomes them tear Safi’s family apart, or can this strange land ever become home?
A compelling story about the Crimean Tatar’s struggle to reclaim the land from which they were exiled in the Second World War.
Endorsed by Amnesty International as contributing to a better understanding of human rights and the values that underpin them.
Some more detailed reviews of Dream Land here, here and here (the last two are rather spoilerish)
Dream Land is published in English by Walker Books, in French by Naive Livres, in Crimean Tatar by Tezis and in Ukrainian by Duliby.