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Nuruddin Farah


Nuruddin Farah was born in 1945 in Baidoa, Somalia. His father was a merchant and his mother a poet. He was initially educated in Ogaden in what is now Ethiopia. After leaving the area following serious fighting in the area, he went to study at Panjab University in Chandigarh, India. He published his first novel when he was twenty. His third novel From a Crooked Rib was published in the Heinemann African Writers series and brought him greater attention. He was still at university when he wrote it. The Somali language was only given a standard transcription in 1973 and he wrote a story in it but then soon switched to writing his novels in English. He has gone on to write a series of well-received novels, stories and essays and has taught at various universities in the United States.

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1965 Why Die So Soon?
1965 A Dagger in a Vacuum
1970 From a Crooked Rib
1976 A Naked Needle
1979 Sweet and Sour Milk
1981 Sardines
1983 Close Sesame
1986 Maps
1993 Gifts
1998 Secrets
2000 Territories
2000 Yesterday, Tomorrow: Voices from the Somali Diaspora
2004 Links
2007 Knots
2011 Crossbones
2014 Hiding in Plain Sight
2018 North of Dawn