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Farah, Nuruddin

somalian identity political questions

(Somalian, 1945– )

Farah is the author of eight novels, including two trilogies: Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1979–83), which deals with the personal effects of political injustice under the post-revolutionary Somalian regime, and the more recent Blood in the Sun (1986–98). Set during the Somalian civil war, this highly esteemed sequence begins with Maps (1986), the story of a young orphan wrestling with questions of identity and allegiance, and moves on to Gifts (1993), a love-story which also explores freedom and the ethics of giving. It finishes with Secrets (1998), as the reappearance of a childhood friend forces a young businessman to confront both his own past and his family's political history. Farah's novels are meditative, allegorical stories, which raise many disturbing questions about nationality and identity.

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