This is the first critical anthology on the Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, winner of the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Farah is one of Africas most multilingual and multiliterate writers. In exile from his country since 1974, he has wandered through the worlds cultures, literatures, and ideas.
Although his writing is a meeting place of international influences, it remains firmly rooted in the African continent which he has made his base since 1981. Devoted almost exclusively to the twenty-two year dictatorship of Siyad Barre, Farahs fiction explores the origins and aftermath of Barres rule in Somalia, its weird confection of Marxism, Islam and tribalism, and its servants and victims. His complex portrait of dictatorship is a locus for contradictory currents and shifting paradoxes, in which many voices clamor to be heard and from which it is difficult to draw any absolute judgements. Patriarchy, the Somali family, Islam, the oral tradition, and Pan-Somali nationalism are all double-edged swords, presented in alternative lights and from different perspectives.
Underlying Farahs skeptical multivocal vision and open-ended narrative mode is a spirit of democratic pluralism and tolerance and of intellectual debate and inquiry. His writing reveals a deeply discriminating, non-partisan commitment to human freedom and autonomy that resists tyranny in all its formspolitical, religious or domestic.
This anthology features the works of scholars from Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America, bringing together some of the many readings that Farahs voices have evoked. In its variety and complexity of responses, the volume pays tribute to Farahs versatility as a writer and to the multidimensionality of his work. Its subjects are diverse, ranging from the authors feminist and sociopolitical ideas, his vision of family and state, and concepts of time and history to his use of allegory and symbolism, his literary influences, and his relation to the oral tradition and postmodernism.
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Paperback: 357 pages
*Includes pictures of Machiavelli and some of the rulers he discusses throughout the book.*Explains the historical background of Machiavelli's life and the political context within which he wrote The Prince.*Summarizes each chapter of The Prince and explains the overarching themes...
The book discusses the bouzouki instrument from a manufacturing and technical view and also traces the history of the instrument of the ancient Panduris / lute family, called the thabouras or tambouras. The tambouras has existed in ancient Greece, and...
An erroneous TV report on the history of 1821
Publisher : Seaburn (December 1, 2014)
Language : Greek
Paperback : 198 pages
ISBN-10 : 1592325424
ISBN-13 : 978-1592325429
Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
Dimensions : 6 x 0.45 x 9 inches
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