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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Igiaba Scego nel suo romanzo ci racconta la storia di una donna matura, Adua, che vive a Roma da quando ha diciassette anni. Adua è una Vecchia Lira, così i nuovi immigrati chiamano le donne giunte nel nostro paese durante la diaspora somala degli anni Settanta. Ha da poco sposato un giovane immigrato sbarcato a Lampedusa e ha con lui un rapporto ambiguo, fatto di tenerezz ...more
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Published September 3rd 2015 by Giunti (first published September 2nd 2015)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is more of a 3.5 star read for me, rounded up. I loved the approach of the novel with the three historical periods and a woman who has experienced massive changes in her life between growing up traditionally as a Somali Muslim girl and then transitioning to film stardom in Italy. I liked the techniques of the rotating narrative perspective between Adua, her father as a younger man, and the sections addressed to her, correcting her behavior. Very unique! But it just wasn't long enough. I onl ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
A volte capita che il destino di ognuno di noi sia già scritto nel proprio nome. Ne sa qualcosa Adua, la protagonista di questo romanzo di Igiaba Scego.

"Ti ho dato il nome della prima vittoria africana contro l'imperialismo. Dentro il tuo nome c'è una battaglia, la mia..."

Adua non è solo il nome della prima vittoria africana, ma è anche e soprattutto la storia di una donna che dalla Somalia degli anni '70 giunge a Roma in attesa di un futuro migliore. Il libro è raccontato come un diario a due v
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, edelweiss
Reading "Adua" can be compared to a cake: some ingredients are quite tasty and can be eaten separately, like sugar or the backstory of the protagonist, Adua, while others cannot be, causing one to cringe, like salt or the first-person chapters in which Zoppo chastises Adua. The most disappointing though is that fact that this novel, in the cake analogy, makes for a very lopsided overall finished product that is more likely to elicit a feeling of sympathy for its creator, who had only the best in ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poignant personal story told in a disjointed way. It is excellent for certain points and passages, and then so jumpy it becomes almost, for me, time and motives incomprehensible.
Thing Two
The plot line was confusing. Three voices, and vagueness, combined with a reader ignorant of the historical significance of the backstory made this a challenge to understand.
3.5 Stars, Rounded

I wasn’t wholly sure what to expect from this story: from the blurb it is clearly a tale of a woman who emigrated from Somalia and a difficult life, only to find more and different challenges in her new city of Rome. Opening with an uncomfortable start, the protagonist, Adua, is bearing up under a series of berating commentary which harken back to her own difficulties with her relationship with her father. Her choice to leave Somalia was based partly in this relationship, and
Urenna Sander
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
In 2013, Somali, Adusa, former actress, who lived in Rome, discovered the deed to Labo Dhegax—two stones, home of her deceased father, Mohamed Ali Zoppe, in Magalo, Somalia. She had been estranged from her father at an early age, and at seventeen, in the 1970s, she ran away to Italy with the help of Italian B-movie producers. Adua married a much younger Somali, a refugee; however, she conversed with and confided in her miniature, marble elephant.

In 1934, Adua’s father, known as Zoppe, was maste
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Adua è un romanzo fatto di immagini e sensazioni: più che raccontare la situazione attuale dei migranti (o, comunque, quella di qualche anno fa) nel nostro Paese e delle violenze colonialiste perpetrate dall’Italia nel Corno d’Africa durante il fascismo, cerca di mostrarcele e farcele sentire.

In questo senso, Adua è un romanzo riuscito: nelle sue pagine, ci sono speranze, delusioni, regressioni, inganni, violenze e tradimenti e t
Hampus Eriksson
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
visst får den mig att tänka. tyvärr får den inte mig inte att känna för någon karaktär. kanske adua. nja. jag får tänka vidare.
men den har fått mig att vilja läsa nuruddin farahs bok Yesterday, tomorrow.
Reading in Black & White
This book was just average to me. It had the potential to be great, but fell flat.
Danielle Aleixo
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Interessante retrato sobre o tema da imigração somali na Itália. O livro pinta com muita propriedade a exclusão e violência sofridas por esses imigrantes no seio da sociedade italiana.
Stefano Bittasi
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Un bel libro. Evocativo anche se frammentario. Una sola osservazione: è un libro scritto dall'autrice. Non è una banalità quella che ho scritto. La realtà è descritta a partire dai suoi occhi e dalla sua conoscenza esistenziale (la nota finale a mo' di postfazione lo spiega bene). Ma il lettore non è nella testa e nel cuore dell'autrice. Da qui un certo sconcerto e una certa mancanza di chiavi interpretative e di criteri per comprendere. Forse un maggior sforzo di non solo "scrivere", ma anche d ...more
Malinda Lawrence
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
"That's how things began with my father. That's how I met him, little elephant. That was the last happy day of my life. I was seven or eight years old at most." (p. 36).

"I looked at Papa with a silent plea for help. He broke eye contact and at that moment I realized he was rejecting me." (p. 38).

"Zoppe had never known how to distinguish between reality and fantasy. He had never learned to manage what he saw very well. Haji Safar had taught him, but he lacked the soul. The second soul that Haji S
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I went into reading Adua with considerably high expectations after reading the book's description - I was also particuarly drawn to the paperback cover. Unfortunately as I made my way through the text, I was continuously hoping for redeeming qualities with each turn of the page that never came.

In general, I feel like the subject matter Scego chose as a focal point for the novel (Italian colonization of East Africa, the Somali immigrant experience in Italy) was rife with potential to both enligh
Adiba Jaigirdar
There was a lot to admire in this book. Once I got a hang of the prosaic style, and different narrations, I really enjoyed the experimentation of it. The story itself is also so unique - looking at the life of Somali immigrants in Italy. The book tackles issues like racism, sexism, racist fetish, etc. with a lot of nuance, and often in a really heartbreaking way.

But then there were some things that didn't quite fit as well. The book jumped so much from time to time, story to story, character to
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Adua - Igiaba Scego”

Adua cresceu sem o amor do pai, que a culpava pela morte da mãe ao dar à luz a menina. Zoppe, seu pai, vítima de racismo, acaba trabalhando como tradutor para os italianos no regime fascista e tem que conviver com a culpa por ter colaborado com a destruição de seu próprio povo.
Com a esperança de se tornar atriz, de construir uma nova vida, Adua migra para Itália mas nada do que ela havia sonhado se torna realidade. Ela foi ‘comprada’ para fazer um filme erótico, se vê envol
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Det var en intressant bok, men kan inte annat än att undra om en del inte blivit lost in translation. Jag talar varken somaliska eller italienska men översatt till svenska skar sig språket ibland till en grad att jag nästan hoppade till. Det kanske var ett stilistiskt val, eller så var det översättningen. Dessutom tycker jag nog att marknadsföringen gick mer på buzz words såsom migration till Italien istället för vad den egentligen handlade om. Visst, migrationen från Somalia var en viktig del i ...more
Brittany Flores
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poignant with a symbolic parallel story of a Adua's life and her father's. A lot of horrific instances shape these characters into who they make themselves to be and what they end up chasing. The novel is set up in a fractured way, but once I understood the pattern, I latched on quickly and flew through the book. The narrative was not done in that gimmicky POV fad I've been seeing so much recently, but rather with purpose and artistic value.

There's a lot of sadness here, but the stories allow yo
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 110-reason-2018
An intense look into the fractured relation of displaced and home
sick immigrants and the ethereal question of can I go home again.

Adua an immigrant from Somalia living in Italy had big dreams of being a film star but they ended in shame now that the civil war is ended in her home land it beckons like a mother, will Adua go hone again.

THE stories are woven together in a multivoice balance taking you yo Somalia before the uprising , during and unto present day and look at Italian Colonialism which
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Definitely not what I thought the book was going to be after picking it up from the new arrivals shelf at the library and reading the description on the back. The story line was hard to follow between the 3 different characters narrating as well as jumping between past and present without any real indication that the setting changed. The book did push me to think more about refugees, but had details that were x-rated about rape/abuse/trafficking/porn. The final chapters had some redeeming qualit ...more
expected so much more.

There was so much in the book. Family, colonialism, fascism, family, exploitation.
I'm in m middling ground as to whether I enjoyed the book. It offered up so much with barely a ripple. Certainly interested in reading more of Italy's foray into empire building.

All the while there is so much to take in, the writing and/or its translation are awkward and lack depth.
Alexandre Mano
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default, flip-2017
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Her realities of racism and shattered expectations fuse with the fate of Somali immigrants today who find anything but security in the “mother country” the travel to, enduring all manner of dangers and humiliations.

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Florence Fales
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a 3.5 star read for me.

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Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
heart-wrenching and disturbing and eloquent
Ronda Canary
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
It wasn't an ebook - for whatever it's worth. I wanted to like, it is an interesting topic but ugh on the book.
Abby Giordano
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Nothing special.
Riccardo Cavaliere
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ottime intenzioni ma pessimo romanzo. Ottime intenzioni perché “Adua”, che racconta la storia di Adua, arrivata in Italia dalla Somalia per fare l’attrice e venire sfruttata, è un romanzo postcoloniale e femminista. Ma, secondo me, non è un buon romanzo. In primo luogo per la scrittura: il linguaggio è pessimo, molti luoghi comuni, dialoghi semplicistici, personaggi che parlano per frasi fatte. La trama, poi, è troppo ambiziosa e i diversi piani su cui si svolge il romanzo non sono ben collegati ...more
Vittoria Liant
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bingo2016
Tra tre e quattro stelle per questo libro doloroso. Il tema trattato e la storia sono il motivo del voto alto, la scelta stilistica ha causato quello basso. Il cambio di Pov mi ha un po destabilizzata e ricucire le due storie non è stato semplice. La fine è arrivata velocemente e ho l'impressione di essermi persa qualche pezzo per strada
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Igiaba Scego is an Italian writer, journalist, and activist of Somali origin. She graduated with her BA in Foreign Literature at the First University of Rome (La Sapienza) as well as in pedagogy at the Third University of Rome. Presently, she is writing and researching cultural dialogue and migration.

She writes for various magazines that deal with migrant literature, in particular Carta, El-Ghibli
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