North of Dawn

North of Dawn

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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A couple's tranquil life abroad is irrevocably transformed by the arrival of their son's widow and children, in the latest from Somalia's most celebrated novelist. 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 lifealtering 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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Penguin Publishing Group, 2018.
ISBN: 9780735214248
Characteristics: 384 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Dec 19, 2019

An absolute masterpiece by Nuruddin Farah. His work examines the lives of Somali refugees resettled in Norway. My understanding of the migrant experience is greatly enriched by this marvellous book. It's hard to say more without spoilers, but I highly recommend this beautiful work of art.

Feb 19, 2019

I started out thinking what a great read this was and couldn't put it down; but after gone through 1/3 of the book I became so disappointed. This is certainly not a literary fiction. Construction of character building is poor and the plot is poorly put together. I haven't read any of the author's other books and can't understand how an award winning author could have written such an inferior book.

Dec 28, 2018

Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah (currently based in South Africa) deals with contemporary issues of immigrant, assimilation, terrorism, and Islam head on in his new novel, set in Norway. There are a number of references to the classic (I had to read it in high school.) "Giants in the Earth." Reading books like "North of Dawn" is an act of resistance.

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