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Little Mother: A Novel [Hardcover]

Item : Little Mother: A Novel [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Ali Farah, Cristina
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0253356105
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780253356109
Publisher Publisher : Indiana University Press
Pages Pages : 264
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100088300

When civil war erupts in Somalia, cousins Domenica Axad and Barni are separated and forced to flee the country. Barni manages to eke out a living in Rome, where she works as an obstetrician. Domenica wanders Europe in a painful attempt to reunite her broken family and come to terms with her past. After ten years, the two women reunite. When Domenica gives birth to a son, Barni, also known as Little Mother, is at her side. Together with the new baby, Domenica and Barni find their Somali roots and start to heal the pain they have suffered in war and exile. This powerful yet tender novel underscores the strength of women, family, and community, and draws on the tenacious yearning for a homeland that has been denied.

Little Mother is a complicated book ... but a worthwhile one, a striated thread in 'that tangled mass' that is the Somali diaspora experience.July, 2011In this expansive, thoughtful and beautifully crafted work, Ali Farah draws a compelling portrait of Somalia and the Somali diaspora and projects a vision of a Somali people reborn in dignity.

Translators Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Prelude  Domenica
2. Barni
3. Taageere
4. Axad
5. Interlude  Taageere
6. Barni
7. Taageere
8. Domenica
9. Epilogue  Barni
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An accurate and melancholically ironic picture of the Somali diaspora. It shows us the contradictions and difficulties of a people forced to wander the world against their will.The translators and Indiana University Press have done an excellent job in making the novel accessible to non-Somali specialists. . . . Among the rising generation of Somali novelists, Cristina Ali Farah is one of its most subtle thinkers and greatest writers. This novel comes highly recommended.

Cristina Ali Farah was born in Verona, Italy, and grew up in Mogadishu. She has published several books of poetry and is active in promoting African literature in Italy.

Giovanna Bellesia-Contuzzi is Professor of Italian Language al

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