Nuruddin Farah’s North of Dawn – 7 May 2019

north of dawn coverNext week: Nuruddin Farah talks about his new novel, North of Dawn, published by Penguin Random House.

DETAILS: Tuesday 7 May at 18:00 for 18:30, Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay

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For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they’ve led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. Their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, however, is driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia, where he kills himself in a suicide attack. The couple reluctantly offers a haven to his family. But on arrival in Oslo, their daughter-in-law cloaks herself even more deeply in religion, while her children hunger for the freedoms of their new homeland, a rift that will have life-altering consequences for the entire family.

Set against the backdrop of real events, North of Dawn is a provocative, devastating story of love, loyalty, and national identity that asks whether it is ever possible to escape a legacy of violence – and if so, at what cost.

Nuruddin Farrah is the author of nine novels, which have won numerous awards and been translated into seventeen languages. Born in Baidoa, Somalia, he now lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with his wife and their children.

Nuruddin will be chatting to Terry Bell.