Nuruddin Farah


Born
in Baidoa, Somalia
November 24, 1945

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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

Average rating: 3.39 · 3,640 ratings · 566 reviews · 22 distinct worksSimilar authors
Maps

3.75 avg rating — 714 ratings — published 1986 — 26 editions
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Links

3.34 avg rating — 473 ratings — published 2003 — 18 editions
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Hiding in Plain Sight

2.86 avg rating — 477 ratings — published 2014 — 9 editions
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North of Dawn

3.33 avg rating — 340 ratings — published 2018 — 5 editions
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From a Crooked Rib

3.34 avg rating — 333 ratings — published 1970 — 13 editions
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Gifts

3.60 avg rating — 243 ratings — published 1990 — 19 editions
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Knots

2.92 avg rating — 234 ratings — published 2007 — 13 editions
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Secrets

3.42 avg rating — 215 ratings — published 1998 — 11 editions
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Crossbones

3.37 avg rating — 193 ratings — published 2011 — 15 editions
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Sweet and Sour Milk

3.56 avg rating — 154 ratings — published 1980 — 11 editions
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“I have tried my best to keep my country alive by writing about it.”
Nuruddin Farah

“She wondered then if she had ever been on the right track. She had been reticent all her life, because it turned out that her opinions were different from what others expected. 'That proves either that I am an exceptional idiot, or the reverse.”
Nuruddin Farah, From a Crooked Rib

“Many more villagers, who have seen an elephant for the first time in their lives, give absurd exaggerations regarding his size, weight, and height. One of them describes him as ‘a fundament!’. Another, elaborating, alludes to the term ‘firmament,’ because of the elephant’s hugeness. He felt as though the sky was obliterated from his vision. The last to be interviewed by the local TV station swears that he sensed the world lean forward as the elephant came closer and tilt backwards as the beast walked away.
This large mammal ambles purposefully. He pays no heed to the crowded silence following him in stealthy consciousness. One of the villagers, a woman often suspected of dabbling in witchcraft, talks of her inspired theory: that this was no elephant, more like a human on a holy mission of avenging justice. Two other witnesses, neither having had any contact with the woman, speak in substantiation of the woman’s claims, giving as evidence the observation that the elephant turned around when someone said something in Somali. Several villagers will not comment, afraid of a fitting retribution should they do so.”
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