January 08, 2019

Great reviews for Destinazione Libertà!

January 2019 is starting very positive for my memoir Destination Freedom. It got two new positive reviews in the Italian Media. Thank you to Maria Sara Cetraro from Armando Editore Italy for the English translation.
English Translation of Review Il Borghese Gennaio 2019

This biography of Lily Amis looks like a short story by De Sade. In De Sade the clean, naive, confident characters are deceived, outraged, dominated, and they have to face perpetual obstacles, such as the story of Lily Amis and her portentous mother. Born in Iran, members of an excellent family, they conceive the advent of the Khomeini’s regime as a regression, a mixture of religious fanaticism, male domination, and pitiful privation of freedom; on the contrary, Lily's family was open, cultured, and tolerant. Lily's mother, when Iran clashes with Iraq, decides to escape from war and tyranny. It is very difficult to escape, finally they leave Iran, at first Switzerland does not accept them and they are rejected but they can’t go back to Iran. They go twice to Switzerland and they are allowed to stay.

But, in a precarious and perverse situation that lasts fifteen years, without a definitive recognition of dignity and citizenship they cannot find a job, and without a job they cannot settle once and for all! Many difficulties occur: Lily’s father abandons his wife and daughter, a second husband reveals as a foolish enemy and deceiver, the portentous, capable, strong mother of Lily ends up sick, even Lily, aiming to become Swiss, marries a fool and traitorous man, Sven. The Swiss authorities seem to get pleasure from mistreating foreign people, keeping them in a state of insecurity. The story goes on as a modern saga.

Both the bureaucracy and the injustices of the Western countries and the Islamic fanaticism are recalled in the story. And it is a sacred concept the one that Lily Amis chooses to conclude her memoir: foreigners should be totally welcomed or it is better to not welcome them at all. The characters are described naturally, through their actions: the maternal grandparents, who are honest and generous, devoted to the parental bonds, the indifferent father of Lily, Hamid, the cynical husband of Lily’s mum, Sven, the infamous teachers, ruthless bureaucrats, a degenerate doctor… Among all these people stand out Sima, the mother of Lily, a moral sculpture, and Lily herself, in a journey between the privation of freedom and the courage of being free.

Written by Antonio Sacca for IL Borghese January 2019

December 20, 2018


There is a say „Don’t judge a book by its cover“. Well today I feel like I have to make a statement regarding my memoirs title, which was published in Italy this November and was presented at the book Fair in Rome Piu Libri Piu Liberi in december 2018.
“Destinazione Libertà, Una voce per tutti quelli che non ce l'hanno” in English “Destination Freedom, The Voice for the Voiceless” is an honest memoir about my difficult experiences as a war refugee in Switzerland. My voice for the voiceless is for all the refugees worldwide, who suffer under the horrible refugee law, which takes away your dignity and human rights. Most importantly the right for an independent life. The right for a proper education and employment! The right for a fearless and safe future!
It is unfortunate that Italian Journalists made the false assumption that my books title and subtitle is a protest against my birth country Iran. They couldn’t be more wrong!!! If they would have made the time to read the entire book, they would have realized that my PROTEST is against the International refugee law! Especially in Switzerland, where my mother and I were treated like criminals!
My experience is from three decades ago. But reality is, to this date refugees have very small and realistic chances to adopt themselves into their new country and be part of the society. My protest is against people like the Italian Minister Salvini, who is against refugees and forces a NON-Profit organization like Baobab Experience (a safe shelter for refugees in Rome) to shot down their doors in winter and puts hundreds of innocent and helpless refugees on the street and makes them homeless, in the holly city of Rome, just a few steps away from the Vatican and the Catholic church! I wonder if people like Mister Salvini know anything about Karma! How can you sleep at night, when you are responsible for such a cruel, heartless and irresponsible action? That’s my voice for the voiceless!

I’m afraid the false assumption by Italian Journalists at the book event happened because of the other book that was presented at the same time on the same stage. I 1000% distance myself from the other book! I think by leaving the stage before the second book presentation began, I made a clear statement!!! I distance myself in general from anything and anyone that is insulting my beloved birth country Iran, my beautiful culture, my mentality and my religion!
Lily Amis

December 11, 2018

My Highlight Of 2018!

What a great way to finish a year that was fully dedicated to the wonderful country of Italy. When I decided to translate my children books into Italian in November 2017, I couldn’t predict that only a year later I would be presenting my memoir DESTINAZIONE LIBERTÀ at the Book Fair in Rome, published by a traditional publishing house in Rome.
Four years of hard work and determination paid off. Being at the Book fair “Piu Libri Piu Liberi” was not only my highlight of 2018, but the highlight of my writing journey so far. Feeling understood and welcomed in a foreign country, was the best feeling ever. It gave me power and believe to continue my writing journey, as a self-published, but now also officially and traditionally published author.

Thank you to my Publishing house in Rome, the Armando Editore Team for being so lovely and supportive. Thank you to my lovely publisher Enrico Iacometti for giving me the chance to be the voice for the voiceless in Italy. And most importantly thank you to the lovely Maria Sara Cetraro for presenting my book and translating my answers during the book presentation. You were amazing! Grazie!
If you like to see clips from the book presentation and pictures with my Publisher team, please go to my Instagram Account @Lily.Amis

November 15, 2018

My memoir Destination Freedom is published in Italy!

Exciting news!
 My memoir Destination Freedom
was released today on November 15th 2018 in Italy !
Una voce per tutti quelli che non ce l'hanno

Lily, bambina creativa e spensierata, si affaccia alla vita con l'ottimismo e le speranze tipiche di un'infanzia serena. Studia e colora, sogna e socializza, amata e circondata da un ambiente familiare pieno e significativo. Non sa che grossi nuvoloni neri si stanno addensando sul suo amato paese. Una guerra assurda, sanguinaria e inumana la strapperà dai suoi affetti e dalle sue radici. E' l'inizio di un'odissea. Un girovagare alla ricerca esasperata e sconfortante di un angolo di mondo in cui sentirsi, finalmente, al sicuro. E' l'ancestrale viaggio di ognuno di noi verso un luogo da poter chiamare casa, verso una dimensione di significatività e realizzazione. E' l'aspettativa, sempre disattesa, di poter esprimere i propri talenti, il proprio essere, di poter srotolare la vita e le capacità in un contesto sereno. In un racconto diretto, realistico, abitiamo con Lily la dimensione della sopravvivenza, in una successione surreale di eventi che si materializzano sul suo cammino quasi per un gioco perverso, la protagonista sperimenterà cinismo, indifferenza, superficialità, non sense burocratici, perdite dolorose, continui ostacoli, scelte sbagliate, sempre sul limite della disperazione. Ne verrà fuori più matura, ma anche più disillusa e consapevole. La vita non è un film per bambini, da qui l'amara riflessione che ne scaturisce:"ha tutto questo un senso? La legittima aspirazione alla libertà può forse portare a sopravvivere piuttosto che a vivere? Cosa resta in mano quando si è perduto tutto, l'identità, il progetto vitale, la propria cultura, i propri affetti e persino i bei ricordi?". Eppure, Lily, non smette di tenere gli occhi ben puntati sulla vita... Una storia vera, intensa, appassionante, amara e reale, sulla bellezza del coraggio umano di fronte alla vita...

November 01, 2018

Read My Mind, The Blogger Magazine is out!

Our Winter issue 2018 is dedicated to the wonderful country of Austria. Travel back in time and discover the beauty of this historical country with us. Read inspirational and educational articles and my movie review in LilyWood about the Empress of Austria Sissi.
We had the pleasure to interview the talented artist Viktor Angelov from Macedonia. Also in interview Italian author, teacher and translator Elisabetta Verdone.
It is also an honor to feature my Italian Publisher Enrico Iacometti in Read My Mind and feature my guest Blogger Maria Sara Cetraro with her inspirational article about her meeting with author and founder of the Empathy museum Roman Krznaric.

Another great movie review by Read My Minds film critic Trevor Pacelli  about my favourite movie:  AMADEUS.
Enjoy the read! Lily xxx