Sweet and Sour Milk (Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship)

3.56 avg rating
( 160 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781555971595: Sweet and Sour Milk (Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Winner of the 1980 English-Speaking Union Literary Award The first novel in Farah's universally acclaimed Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy, Sweet and Sour Milk chronicles one man's search for the reasons behind his twin brother's violent death during the 1970s. The atmosphere of political tyranny and repression reduces our hero's quest to a passive and fatalistic level; his search for reasons and answers ultimately becomes a search for meaning. The often detective-story-like narrative of this novel thus moves on a primarily interior plane as "Farah takes us deep into territory he has charted and mapped and made uniquely his own" (Chinua Achebe).

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"Sweet and Sour Milk is the elegantly crafted tale of a man's investigation of his revolutionary twin's mysterious death . . . [This novel is] compelling in its mystery." --Publishers Weekly

"Farah is in control of his enormous talents as a novelist, writing in the best tradition of Solzhenitsyn and García Márquez . . . With Sweet and Sour Milk, he becomes one of his continent's major novelists." --World Literature Today

"First published in Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s, this trilogy by the Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah is a chilling exploration of corruption and terror . . . The style of the novels that make up Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship is feverishly lyrical; Mr. Farah has given us a powerful political statement that moves constantly toward song." --The New York Times Book Review

"Farah's provocative trilogy is one of the most powerful novelistic explorations of dictatorship since Asturias' El Señor Presidente or Roa Bastos' I the Supreme . . . He is a major writer, one of Africa's best, and this splendid and very readable trilogy is the centerpiece of his considerable accomplishments." --Robert Coover

"Farah constructs intricate moral and physical problems for his characters. He's an expert in poetic description and his landscapes are just as hallucinogenic and believable as the Third World of younger novelists like Jessica Hagedorn: without uttering a word, a starving, naked little girl in Sweet and Sour Milk walks up to a trattoria table and drains a glass of fruit juice in front of two startled bourgeois diners . . . Oddly enough, the family emerges in these pages as the most menacing instrument of state control. Loyaan's father collaborates with the General's regime by making his son into a state hero. Farah replays such manipulations in the household by unmasking the father's own abusive tyranny; his regularly beaten wives, meanwhile, stifle any deviation from the status quo with motherly love." --The Voice Literary Supplement

"Farah is one of the real interpreters of experience on our troubled continent . . . His insight goes deep, beyond events, into the sorrows and joys, the frustrations and achievements of our lives. His prose finds the poetry that is there. This trilogy represents the wide scope and beautiful intimacy of his work." --Nadine Gordimer

About the Author:

Nuruddin Farah was born in 1945 in Baidoa, in what is now the Republic of Somalia. His Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy consists of the novels Sweet and Sour Milk, Sardines, and Close Sesame. His other books include From a Crooked Rib, A Naked Needle, and Maps. In 1991, he received the Swedish Tucholsky Literary Award, given to literary exiles, and he was the recipient of the German DAAD fellowship in 1990.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780435902261: Sweet and Sour Milk (African Writers Series)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0435902261 ISBN 13:  9780435902261
Publisher: Heinemann International Literatu..., 1980
Softcover

9780850312942: Sweet and Sour Milk

Alliso..., 1979
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Nuruddin Farah
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781555971595

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
9.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Nuruddin Farah
Published by MacMillan Publishers
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description MacMillan Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1555971598

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.06
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.78
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Farah, Nuruddin
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 514481-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.04
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Farah, Nuruddin
Published by Graywolf Press
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Graywolf Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1555971598 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # NATARAJB1FI1302755

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
8.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.08
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Nuruddin Farah
Published by Graywolf Press,U.S., United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Graywolf Press,U.S., United States, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. Winner of the 1980 English-Speaking Union Literary AwardThe first novel in Farah's universally acclaimed Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy, Sweet and Sour Milk chronicles one man's search for the reasons behind his twin brother's violent death during the 1970s. The atmosphere of political tyranny and repression reduces our hero's quest to a passive and fatalistic level; his search for reasons and answers ultimately becomes a search for meaning. The often detective-story-like narrative of this novel thus moves on a primarily interior plane as "Farah takes us deep into territory he has charted and mapped and made uniquely his own" (Chinua Achebe). Seller Inventory # AAS9781555971595

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Farah, Nuruddin
Published by Graywolf Press
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Graywolf Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1555971598. Seller Inventory # Z1555971598ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.44
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Nuruddin Farah
Published by Graywolf Press,U.S., United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Graywolf Press,U.S., United States, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. Winner of the 1980 English-Speaking Union Literary AwardThe first novel in Farah's universally acclaimed Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy, Sweet and Sour Milk chronicles one man's search for the reasons behind his twin brother's violent death during the 1970s. The atmosphere of political tyranny and repression reduces our hero's quest to a passive and fatalistic level; his search for reasons and answers ultimately becomes a search for meaning. The often detective-story-like narrative of this novel thus moves on a primarily interior plane as "Farah takes us deep into territory he has charted and mapped and made uniquely his own" (Chinua Achebe). Seller Inventory # BTE9781555971595

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Nuruddin Farah
Published by Graywolf Press,U.S., United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Graywolf Press,U.S., United States, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. Winner of the 1980 English-Speaking Union Literary AwardThe first novel in Farah's universally acclaimed Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy, Sweet and Sour Milk chronicles one man's search for the reasons behind his twin brother's violent death during the 1970s. The atmosphere of political tyranny and repression reduces our hero's quest to a passive and fatalistic level; his search for reasons and answers ultimately becomes a search for meaning. The often detective-story-like narrative of this novel thus moves on a primarily interior plane as "Farah takes us deep into territory he has charted and mapped and made uniquely his own" (Chinua Achebe). Seller Inventory # AAS9781555971595

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Farah, Nuruddin
Published by Graywolf Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GridFreed
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)

Book Description Graywolf Press, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # SDBOX2-SB10192019-872

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.82
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.85
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Nuruddin Farah
ISBN 10: 1555971598 ISBN 13: 9781555971595
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Winner of the 1980 English-Speaking Union Literary AwardThe first novel in Farah's universally acclaimed "Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship" trilogy, ".Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 263 pages. 0.417. Seller Inventory # 9781555971595

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
15.43
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book