Knots by Nuruddin Farah

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From the internationally revered author of Links comes "a beautiful, hopeful novel about one woman's return to war-ravaged Mogadishu" (Time)

Called "one of the most sophisticated voices in modern fiction" (The New York Review of Books), Nuruddin Farah is widely recognized as a literary genius. He proves it yet again with Knots, the story of a woman who returns to her roots and discovers much more than herself. Born in Somalia but raised in North America, Cambara flees a failed marriage by traveling to Mogadishu. And there, amid the devastation and brutality, she finds that her most unlikely ambitions begin to seem possible. Conjuring the unforgettable extremes of a fractured Muslim culture and the wayward Somali state through the eyes of a strong, compelling heroine, Knots is another Farah masterwork.

About Nuruddin Farah

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Bob Adelman is a well-known and respected photo-documentarian and book producer. His photographs have been in collections at the Museum of Modern Art and he has won the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, and many other awards. He lives in Miami, Florida. Calvin Tomkins is an author and art critic for the New Yorker who wrote the magazine's Art World column between 1980 and 1988. He has interviewed and written numerous profiles on major twentieth century figures from the art world, including Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. He lives in New York City.
Published February 1, 2007 by Penguin Books. 444 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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In a bifurcated narrative that renders detailed flashbacks in past tense, present action in present tense, Farah depicts Cambara’s impulsive plunge into a civil-war–torn landscape, as she fends off possible rapists and thieves, forms bonds with freelance bodyguard Dajaal and his best friend, Bile...

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Nuruddin Farah, the graying, balding sage of Somali letters, has a literary vision both broad and deep, the vision of an exile and a patriot.

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Publishers Weekly

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Somalia-born Farah's ninth novel (after Links , first in a trilogy of which this is the second book) tells the spellbinding story of Cambara, a Somalian émigré to Canada.

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Entertainment Weekly

Not to take anything away from Bowden's action-packed reportage, but the people of Mogadishu — mobs of red-eyed, drug-addled young men wielding RPGs — had all the humanity of fiends in a videogame, and it was a queasy thrill every time one of Bowden's corn-fed heroes mowed one down.

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USA Today

Why would a woman who led a seemingly liberated life choose to go back to her roots and veil herself?

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