Links by Nuruddin Farah

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Gripping, provocative, and revelatory, Links is a novel that will stand as a classic of modern world literature. Jeebleh is returning to Mogadiscio, Somalia, for the first time in twenty years. But this is not a nostalgia trip—his last residence there was a jail cell. And who could feel nostalgic for a city like this? U.S. troops have come and gone, and the decimated city is ruled by clan warlords and patrolled by qaat-chewing gangs who shoot civilians to relieve their adolescent boredom. Diverted in his pilgrimage to visit his mother’s grave, Jeebleh is asked to investigate the abduction of the young daughter of one of his closest friend’s family. But he learns quickly that any act in this city, particularly an act of justice, is much more complicated than he might have imagined.


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 March 29, 2005 by Penguin Books. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Learning that Bileh’s little niece Raasta and her friend Makka have disappeared, Jeebleh suspects the involvement of Caloosha, who seems to be up to his ears in many vicious schemes, including murders committed to obtain people’s body parts.

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Links by Nuruddin Farah 352p, Duckworth, £14.99 I began this book with high expectations.

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In this stunning, timely novel from the internationally acclaimed Somalian writer Farah (From a Crooked Rib , etc.), Jeebleh, a middle-aged Somalian, leaves his family in New York to return for the first time in 20 years to his birthplace, civil war–torn Mogadishu.

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More than 10 years after the ambush slaughter of 18 U.S. soldiers indelibly marked the city of Mogadishu in the American consciousness, Somali-born writer Nuruddin Farah recasts the killing ground of Black Hawk Down with a native's eye: On the heels of the Marines' withdrawal, Jeebleh, an exi...

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