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Close Sesame (Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship, #3)

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Farah's landmarkVariations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy is comprised by the novels Sweet and Sour Milk, Sardines, and Close Sesame. In this volume, the third and final book in the series, the characters are deeply entwined in the waking nightmare of a police state. An old man finds himself poised in mortal combat with an elusive and cunning enemy in an ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Graywolf Press (first published 1983)
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I think this is my favorite Farah novel so far. It does not have quite the incredible lyricism of Maps, but there is also something to be said for clarity. Published in 1983, the final installment of the Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship trilogy, it tells the story of an old man who has been jailed and tortured by both the Italians and the postcolonial Somali dictator (referred to as "the general") for various acts of non-violent dissidence. He is a wonderful character that I re ...more
Have his first trilogy as well
as his last six books. He draws
you into the Ogaden of Somalia
and the confusing world of clans,
dictators, memories and witch
craft. A harsh and troubling
view of our world. Similar
to the world Colin Turnbull
describes in the Mountain People,
The People of the Ik long ago.
Sorin Hadârcă
With the 'Close Sesame' Nuruddin Farah puts an end to the full anatomy of the African dictatorship. He made us understand that it takes a Hero to match a Tyrant and the Hero must be a Poet (no matter, dead or alive). I wonder if Farah had to learn all this by his own experience...
Aaminah Shakur
I regret not yet having the first two books in this trilogy, but this book is so well written that you can follow it easily without previous knowledge. Intense and beautiful, as Farrah's work always is. A must-read.
Johnny D
I didn't enjoy Farah's style of writing as much as I usually do in this book.
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Nuruddin Farah (Somali: Nuuradiin Faarax, Arabic: نور الدين فرح) is a prominent Somali novelist. He was awarded the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. ...more
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