Maps: A Novel (Paperback)

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“Nuruddin Farah is one of the real interpreters of experience in our troubled continent. His insight goes deep, beyond events.”—Nadine Gordimer

Winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Nuruddin Farah is one of Africa's most respected contemporary writers. Maps is the first novel in his acclaimed Blood in the Sun trilogy, set in his native land. Askar lost his father in the bloody war between Ethiopia and Somalia, and his mother died giving birth to him. Taken in by Misra, a kindhearted woman, he grows up in a small village. But as an adolescent, a true child of his times, he begins to feel suffocated there and goes to live with his cosmopolitan aunt and uncle in the capital.

In dangerous and turbulent Mogadiscio, Somalis are struggling to recreate a national identity that has been destroyed by the upheavals of modernity and the betrayals of civil war. Askar throws himself into radical political activity in the midst of the turmoil. As allegations of murder and treason are leveled at Misra, Askar's personal sense identity and Somalia's political boundaries will be challenged with a ferocity he could have never imagined.

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About the Author


Nuruddin Farah was born in 1945 in Baidoa, Somalia. He is the author of numerous novels, novellas, short stories, and plays. His novels include Hiding in Plain Sight, Crossbones, and his trilogies Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship and Blood in the Sun, which comprises Maps and Gifts as well as Secrets. After the publication of Sweet and Sour Milk in 1979, Farah became persona non grata in Somalia and served a self-imposed exile of more than twenty years, before he was permitted to visit in 1996. His novels have been translated into many languages and have won numerous international awards. Farah was named the 1998 laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He now divides his time between Cape Town, South Africa and Annandale, New York.

Praise For…


"Startling . . . passionate. Farah's masterpiece." —The New York Times Book Review

“Nuruddin Farah takes us deep into territory he has charted and mapped and made uniquely his own. . . . He excels in giving voice to tragedy in remote places of the world that speak directly and familiarly to our own hearts.”—Chinua Achebe

“Nuruddin Farah is one of the real interpreters of experience in our troubled continent. His insight goes deep, beyond events.”—Nadine Gordimer

“Nuruddin Farah is a major writer, one of Africa’s best.”—Robert Coover

"Startling . . . passionate. Farah's masterpiece." —The New York Times Book Review

“Nuruddin Farah takes us deep into territory he has charted and mapped and made uniquely his own. . . . He excels in giving voice to tragedy in remote places of the world that speak directly and familiarly to our own hearts.”—Chinua Achebe

“Nuruddin Farah is one of the real interpreters of experience in our troubled continent. His insight goes deep, beyond events.”—Nadine Gordimer

“Nuruddin Farah is a major writer, one of Africa’s best.”—Robert Coover


Product Details
ISBN: 9781628725858
ISBN-10: 1628725850
Publisher: Arcade
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English