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Morning in Serra Mattu: A Nubian Ode

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A mosaic of interrelated stories exploding with personality, myth, and geohistorical weight, Morning in Serra Mattu is a profound, joyful meditation on life in modern Sudan. Arif Gamal seamlessly blends large-scale political realities with the local and the traditional: “old villages/whose ancient way is so composed/each single blade of grass is known/and in its place.” Ep ...more
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by McSweeney's (first published April 8th 2014)
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Stacia
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, africa
Spare yet vivid poetry that speaks volumes from tiny details to global impacts. Gamal can dazzle you with beauty or stab you with heartbreak. Love (of his homeland; of his people) shines through every line of this wonderful collection. Highly recommended.
Hans
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
McSweeney's recently published an excerpt from Morning in Serra Mattu in a slim volume of short stories from South Sudan (There is a Country: New Fiction from the New Nation of South Sudan). The excerpt closes out the volume of stories and left me wanting more--though it's clear if they included the full series of poems, the 90 pages of stories would have been eclipsed by 177 pages of poetry.

The poems are simple, clear and crisp. They combine a personal history with the voices whose words and wa
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Tom
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of poems about life in Sudan/Nubia. Imagine Emerson, Thoreau, or Whitman in Africa, and Gamal is it, although in poetry that is pared down, although still effusive.
Samantha
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
These poems are simplistic and accessible in verse, but the stories and rituals they tell are rich and vibrant. I appreciate Dave Eggers's continued interest in publishing works about African history/culture/current events, and Gamal's book quietly and poetically exposes this world to contemporary readers.
Amy
Aug 10, 2014 added it
I love the cover illustration and the quality production of this book, but I wasn't enthralled with the work as poems. Seems to me that it may be better as prose, or perhaps a combination of poetry and prose.
Sierra
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bridging-the-gap
A book of prose, self-proclaimed in the style of the Mahabharata, which tells a large tale in a small setting, a detail in the vastness of Nubia.
Emily
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, poetry
this is really an extraordinary memoir - a history of family and land. it should be read aloud, or at least read in as few sittings as possible.
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