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Nuruddin Farah

Author of Maps

Includes the names: F. Nuruddin, Nuruddin Farah, Nurrudin Farah, Nurredin Farah

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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. He spoke Somali at his home but at school learned Amharic, Italian, Arabic, and English. Farah worked for the Ministry of Education in Somalia before leaving for India to study philosophy and literature. His first novel, From a "Crooked Rib", was published in 1970; it has since achieved worldwide cult status, admired for its empathetic portrait of a Somali woman struggling with the restraints of traditional Somali society. It was followed by "A Naked Needle" (1976). Farah's next three novels, "Sweet and Sour Milk" (1979), "Sardines" (1981) and "Close Sesame" (1983), form the trilogy collectively known as "Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship". Upon the publication of "Sweet and Sour Milk", which won the English Speaking Union Literary Award, Farah became persona non grata in his native Somalia. In exile, Farah began what has become a lifelong literary project: "to keep my country alive by writing about it." The "Variations" trilogy was followed by the "Blood in the Sun" trilogy, which consists of "Maps" (1986), "Gifts" (1992), and "Secrets" (1998). Farah lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with his wife and two children.
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Maps 305 copies, 4 reviews
Links 246 copies, 8 reviews
Secrets 174 copies, 4 reviews
Knots 167 copies, 6 reviews
Gifts 136 copies, 1 review
From a Crooked Rib 96 copies, 4 reviews
Hiding in Plain Sight 79 copies, 3 reviews
Crossbones 79 copies, 1 review
Sardines 75 copies, 1 review
North of Dawn: A Novel 63 copies, 1 review
Close Sesame 47 copies
A Naked Needle 11 copies, 2 reviews

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