In the week before the official outbreak of the civil war in Somalia, Kalaman receives an unexpected house guest, his childhood crush returned from America, to take him up on a pledge. Kalaman's guest pulls him back into his past.
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In his bewitching saga, "Secrets," Somalian novelist Nuruddin Farah conjures a strange and densely spirited world. Immediately, the reader is immersed in a jumble of folklore, allegories, visions and sorcery. This is Somalia in 1995, and the echoing gunfire of clan violence and civil war is creeping into the capital of Mogadishu. But even more portentous are Farah's characters, whose consciences are as troubled as their country...With "Secrets," Farah, who was awarded this year's Neustadt International Prize for Literature (the most prestigious literary award after the Nobel), continues to delve into the hearts and minds of a people remembered by the West only when terror bubbles to the surface. The fault lines of tragedy, however, run much deeper. (Time Out New York, May 21, 1998)
Nuruddin Farah's hypnotic new novel, "Secrets" is...a shape-shifter--murder mystery, family saga, magical-realist thriller...Suspense builds secret upon secret..."Secrets" is rich with figurative language and parable. (New York Newsday, May 3, 1998)
Spellbinding, luminous prose. (Baltimore Sun, May 10, 1998)Synopsis:
Praised for his grasp of literary English, one of Africa's most distinguished novelists illuminates the culture and ideology of his native country through a novel set against the background of Somalia's civil war. Reprint.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1999. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Set against the backdrop of Somalia's devastating civil war, Secrets is a stunning revelatory novel by one of the major figures of modern African literature. The city of Mogadiscio is in crisis when the protagonist, Kalaman, receives an unexpected house guest, his childhood crush returned from America. Sensual and demanding, Sholoongo announces her intention to have his child, pulling Kalaman back into a past full of doubts and secrets. As Kalaman begins to tear apart the myth that is his family, he uncovers the starting truth of his own conception.Secrets displays Farah's talents to the fullest. His "daring, lush, urbane voice" (The New York Times Book Review) evokes the beauty and tragedy that is Africa. It will stand as one of the great works of modern African literature. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0140280456
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