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Passage of Tears

liked it 3.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  22 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Djibouti, a hot, impoverished little country on the Horn of Africa, is a place of great strategic importance, for off its coast lies a crucial passage for the world’s oil. In this novel by Abdourahman A. Waberi, Djibril, a young Djiboutian voluntarily exiled in Montreal, returns to his native land to prepare a report for an American economic intelligence firm. Meanwhile, a ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Seagull Books (first published August 1st 2009)
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Ronald Morton
Feb 24, 2016 Ronald Morton rated it liked it
I found this overall to be disappointing.

I thought, at a minimum, that I'd get a decent picture of Djibouti - it's pretty uncommon to come across a book set in Djibouti by a Djibouti-born author. But I never actually felt like I was reading about a place. It was as if the book could be set anywhere, with Djiboutian signposts and city names scotch taped to the walls. It just never felt real. So, one of the main reasons I read this book didn't really go anywhere, but maybe I just was looking for t
Damien Travel
Dec 20, 2015 Damien Travel rated it it was amazing
I read the book as I was coming back to Djibouti for the first time almost 20 years after having lived there for two years. The book offered me a striking parallel. Djibril, born and raised in Djibouti, made his life in Canada and the US. After a long absence, he comes back to his childhood country for an intelligence mission. He gradually leaves his mission’s tracks and is confronted with echoes and wounds from his childhood.
Like him, I was returning briefly to one of my youth’s cherished pla
David Smith
Jun 07, 2012 David Smith rated it it was ok
I was expecting too much from this book and it did not meet expectations. Nonetheless, there aren't many books by novelists from Djibouti floating around so no regrets. I have a second novel by Waberi on the shelf, so he'll get another chance in the not-too-distant future.
Rolando Duran
Bab el-Mandel - la puerta de las lágrimas - es el estrecho que separa la Península Arábiga de África y que conecta el mar Rojo con el Golfo de Aden, en el Océano Índico. Se dice que el nombre viene de una leyenda árabe sobre el gran terremoto que separó África y Asia. Djibouti, un país muy pequeño pero de un valor geopolítico inmenso, para el control de esa angosta puerta de mar.

Esta novela me ha hecho pasar por muchos sitios que conocí, en este país misterioso, caliente y acogedor. Llena de po
Jan 01, 2015 Alice rated it did not like it
I just plain didn't like this book. I can't really say why - but I started skipping whole passages, and realized that if I didn't care at all about how it ended by page 150,I never would - so why bother finishing?
Oct 14, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it
Technically brilliant, with only a few clunkers likely attributable to the translation. Not sure what the Angel of History would make of it, though.
Apr 11, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
A high 3. Brief, transporting, mysterious but with a predictable twist. The ending was perfect.
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