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Stepping into Stories for #EmpathyDay

Posted 11th Jun 2019

From dipping in and out of a somebody else’s story, to fully immersing yourself in their time and place, reading is one of the most powerful ways of experiencing a world outside your own.

At Pushkin, we publish stories spanning continents and centuries. Here are just a few we recommend for #EmpathyDay.


Crossing by Pajtim Statovci (translated by David Hackston)

Crossing tells the story of two young refugees as they journey across cities, borders and identities, from the bazaars of Tirana to the monuments of Rome and the drag bars of New York. Challenging concepts of gender, social norms and nationality, Statovci treats human experience with endless complexity and flexibility, and will have you fully along for the ride.

No Place to Lay One’s Head by Françoise Frenkel (translated by Stephanie Smee)

From one of the darkest periods in our history, No Place to Lay One’s Head is the heartbreaking true story of Françoise Frenkel, a Jewish woman from Poland who fled to France during the Second World War. Seeking asylum from Nazi persecution, Françoise’s story illuminates the true cruelty that humanity is capable of, but also its capacity for unending kindness.


Something for the kids…

The Murderer’s Ape and The Legend of Sally Jones by Jakob Wegelius (translated by Peter Graves)

When seafaring gorilla Sally Jones’ friend and comrade the Chief is falsely accused of murder, she must do all she can to clear his name. The Murderer’s Ape and its prequel The Legend of Sally Jones may be rip-roaring adventure stories on the surface, but contain within them important lessons of friendship and loyalty.


Boy 87 by Ele Fountain 

Shif is just an ordinary boy. He likes chess, maths and racing his best friend home from school. But one day, soldiers with guns come to his door – and set Shif on a long journey across land and sea, leaving his mother and sister behind in the hopes of finding a better, safer life for them. Boy 87 is an incredibly eye-opening yet uplifting tale of a young refugee that echoes the story of many children the world over.


Join us this Empathy Day in spreading stories and reading widely to help us all better understand each other. You can see all of our books here, or follow us on social media to see what we have coming up!