Originally published by Kwela Books, South Africa, in a significantly different form. p. cm. ISBN : 978-1-101-54847-9.
Nuruddin Farah is the author of eight novels, most recently the Blood in the Sun trilogy: Maps, Gifts, and Secrets. Farah was named the 1998 laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, widely regarded as the most prestigious international literary award after the Nobel (The New York Times). Born in Baidoa, Somalia, he now lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally published by Kwela Books, South Africa, in a significantly different form.
Although, Farah’s touchstone is the Inferno, from which he quotes in epigraphs, this novel set in Somalia has more of intra-familial savagery of Greek tragedy, as half-brothers, Jebreel, returning from the United States, the long-imprisoned Bile, and the brutal gangster Caloosha circle around each other. A young niece, daughter of a half-sister, is missing with her friend. No tricks here, folks.
A gripping new novel from today's most important African novelist".
He proves it yet again with Knots, the story of a woman who returns to her roots and discovers much more than herself. A gripping new novel from today's most important African novelist". A dozen years after his last visit, Jeebleh returns to his beloved Mogadiscio to see old friends.
Nuruddin Farah, the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years. It’s easy to see why Nuruddin Farah’s name keeps coming up as a likely recipient of a Nobel Prize in Literature.
Jeebleh is returning to Mogadishu from New York for the first time in 20 years. MAPS, Nuruddin Farah, 0-14-029643-3 The 1998 laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Nuruddin Farah has been described as "one of the finest contemporary African novelists" (Salman Rushdie). Farah was born in 1945, in what is now Somalia (what was then the Italian Somaliland), in Baidoa, and grew up in Kallafo, under Ethiopian rule in Ogaden. The ethnically and linguistically mixed area of his childhood contributred to his early fascination with literature.
Nuruddin Farah (Somali: Nuuradiin Faarax, Arabic: نورالدين فارح) (born 24 November 1945) is a Somali novelist. He has also written plays both for stage and radio, as well as short stories and essays. Since leaving Somalia in the 1970s he has lived and taught in numerous countries, including the United States, England, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Sudan, India, Uganda, Nigeria and South Africa.
I began this book with high expectations. Nuruddin Farah has a huge international reputation. He was 1998 laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and such luminaries as Chinua Achebe and Nadine Gordimer hail him as a master. So is the way that the detail of his descriptions brings to life the city's desolate and violent landscape.
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