For twenty-five years, Dr. Pietro Bartolo has run the lone medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa. In that time he has rescued, welcomed, and cared for many of the hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants from the Middle East and Africa who have washed up on the island's shores. In this inspiring account of his life and work, Bartolo shares his quiet dignity, unshakable moral center, and inspirational message—"We can't and we won't be governed by our fears."
The book is filled with Bartolo's unforgettable tales of pain and hope, moving stories of those who didn't make it and those who did.
Tears of Salt is both a lasting work of literature and an intimate portrait and fresh perspective on a signal crisis of our time.
Download and start listening now!
“The good doctor records the hopes, fears, and unforgettable stories of the people he has helped during his long island tenure and offers a new perspective on the refugee crisis.”
About the Authors
Lidia Tilotta is a journalist of RAI Regional News and of Mediterraneo. She is the co-author, with Pietro Bartolo, of Lacrime di sale and Tears of Salt.
Pietro Bartolo was born on the Italian island of Lampedusa to a family of fishermen. He returned to Lampedusa after getting his medical degree and has been running the island’s lone clinic since 1991. He was featured in Gianfranco Rosi’s celebrated documentary film Fire at Sea, a finalist for the Academy Award.
About David de Vries
David de Vries, an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and veteran stage actor and director, spent three years in the cast of Wicked and was the last Lumiere in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. He has also appeared in numerous films and voiced commercial campaigns for companies large and small, including American Express, AT&T, UPS, Motorola, Georgia-Pacific, Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, and Ford, among others. He can be seen in a number of feature films, including The Founder, The Accountant, Captain America: Civil War, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. On television, his credits include House of Cards, Nashville, and Halt and Catch Fire.