Ep. 40: In We vs. Me, which side are you on? (Focus: Somalia: Links by Nuruddin Farah)
Book Nomad: Reading the World
On this journey, I’m joined by Fousia from the Naptime is Sacred podcast as we explore * How a lack of stability can affect a person’s physical, mental and emotional state; * When is an insider an outsider? Or is it the other way round? * The effects of war on women. Book in focus: Links by Nuruddin Farah (Somalia). Follow Fousia on Instagram @naptimeissacred and find her on www.naptimeissacred.com. Get in touch with me on Instagram @booknomadpodcast or the website www.booknomadpodcast.com
Joanne Joseph is joined by acclaimed Somali novelist, Nuruddin Farah to delve into his latest offering "North of Dawn". In this intimate interview, he shares about the guilt he had to deal with after his sister died in a similar manner to one of his characters in "Hiding in Plain sight". He felt that his writings were a premonition of his sister's death. Even though both these books are centered around terrorism, in the North of Dawn an uncommon story is told. This novel looks ate the life of the family of the terrorist, how they have to deal with the shame of their child taking away innocent lives and yet having to mourn the loss of a son. It explores the themes of forgiveness and recovery after such a violent act.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Fiction, Exile, and Alternative Histories: An Interview with Nuruddin Farah
An interview with Nuruddin Farah, novelist and winner of the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Farah was in Pittsburgh for an editorial meeting of the journal boundary 2. Special thanks for Professor Paul Bové for helping arrange the interview.
This month, as part of the World Service’s Identity Season, World Book Club is in Cape Town, home of acclaimed Somali writer Nuruddin Farah, where we’ll be talking to him about his novel, Maps. This moving and dramatic book is the first of three novels which make up Nuruddin Farah’s Blood in the Sun trilogy. Maps traces the journey of a young orphaned boy, Askar, who is taken under the wing of a loving surrogate mother, Misra. Set in both Somalia and Ethiopia with an ever looming backdrop of conflict and political turmoil, Askar struggles to find and forge his identity in a land ravaged by war. Farah’s lucid exploration of struggle – both internal and external; personal and political – is as profound as it is compelling and draws on his own complex relationship with his native Somalia.(Picture credit: Jeffrey Wilson.)
Nuruddin Farah Reflects on Somali Cultural Losses in the Civil War
Rift Valley Institute
On Saturday 9th May, the Nairobi Forum hosted an evening with renowned Somali author Nuruddin Farah at the offices of the Rift Valley Institute. Nuruddin spoke about Somali cultural losses in the civil war.Nuruddin is the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. His body of work includes two trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1980) and Blood in the Sun (1986). His most recent novel, Crossbones, was published in 2011.