Maps by Nuruddin Farah

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Nuruddin Farah is one of Africa's most respected contemporary writers. Maps is the first novel in his acclaimed Blood in the Sun trilogy, set in his native land. Askar lost his father in the bloody war between Ethiopia and Somalia, and his mother died giving birth to him. Taken in by Misra, a kindhearted woman, he grows up in a small village. But as an adolescent, a true child of his times, he begins to feel suffocated there and goes to live with his cosmopolitan aunt and uncle in the capital.

In dangerous and turbulent Mogadiscio, Somalis are struggling to recreate a national identity that has been destroyed by the upheavals of modernity and the betrayals of civil war. Askar throws himself into radical political activity in the midst of the turmoil. As allegations of murder and treason are leveled at Misra, Askar's personal sense identity and Somalia's political boundaries will be challenged with a ferocity he could have never imagined.
 

About Nuruddin Farah

See more books from this Author
Nuruddin Farah is the author of nine novels, which have been translated into seventeen languages and have won numerous awards. Farah was named the 1998 laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
 
Published September 8, 1999 by Arcade Publishing. 263 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Maps

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

In Sardines (1983), Farah—a Somalia-born writer/professor—offered a dense, demanding close-up of a halt-dozen intellectual Somali women.

Sep 01 1987 | Read Full Review of Maps

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Askar’s dilemma—whether to “belong” to his loving (Ethiopian) foster mother Misra or join the Somalian Liberation Front and emulate his father’s selfless courage—is subtly explored in a tense narrative alive with local color that’s both an affecting character study and a dramatic allegory of the ...

| Read Full Review of Maps

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Maps and Gifts (see below) are the first two volumes in Farah's second trilogy, Blood in the Sun (after the acclaimed, three-volume Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship), but they stand

Sep 06 1999 | Read Full Review of Maps

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Maps and Gifts (see below) are the first two volumes in Farah's second trilogy, Blood in the Sun (after the acclaimed, three-volume Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship), but they stand

Sep 06 1999 | Read Full Review of Maps

Reader Rating for Maps
69%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 6 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×