Gifts by Nurrudin Farah

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Gifts is a beguiling tale of a Somali family, its strong matriarch, Duniya, and its past wounds that refuse to heal. As the story unfolds, Somalia is ravaged by war, drought, disease, and famine, prompting industrialized nations to offer monetary aid—"gifts" to the so-called Third World. Farah weaves these threads together into a tapestry of dreams, memories, family lore, folktales, and journalistic accounts.
 

About Nurrudin Farah

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Nuruddin Farah is one of the world's most celebrated novelists, the winner of numerous international prizes, and the author of From a Crooked Rib, the Variations on the Theme of African Dictatorship trilogy, and the Blood in the Sun trilogy, of which Gifts is the second novel. His works have been translated into seventeen languages. Born in Somalia, he lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
Published September 8, 1999 by Arcade Publishing. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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In Gifts, the second volume in Farah's Blood in the Sun trilogy (see Maps, above), the same forces of war and unrest in Somalia shape the life of Duniya, a widowed nurse with three children trying to juggle a career and the emotional needs of a mature woman in the big city.

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