Nuruddin Farah /
Patricia Alden, Louis Tremaine.
New York : Twayne Publishers, c1999.
xii, 213 p. : port. 23 cm.
080571667X (alk. paper)
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New York : Twayne Publishers, c1999.
080571667X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-209) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-09:
Farah was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1998 for his eight novels and three dramatic works, a recognition much deserved. But as Alden and Tremaine point out, Farah is many things to many readers: a Somali writer, an African author, a feminist, an "innovative prose-poet and stylist," a social scientist, a committed activist. In attending to these multiple contributions to the world of letters, the authors offer significant commentary on the historical/political contexts and content of Farah's works, as well as their literary critical consequence. Also included are important biographical background--the author's experiences in India, Europe, the US, and Africa--and descriptions of the current occupations of the distinguished exile from his native Somalia. In scrutinizing the novels, the authors probe the persistent themes of "individual autonomy and social responsibility" that underlie Farah's oeuvre, and they provide a useful chronology of the writer's life and an extensive bibliography. Recommended for general readers with an interest in contemporary literature and African studies and for all college and university libraries. B. Harlow; University of Texas at Austin
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Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works.Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work.Each volume features: -- A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works-- A brief biography of the author-- An accessible chronology outlining the life, the work, and relevant historical context-- Aids for further study: complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index-- A readable style presented in a manageable length
Table of Contents
Farah's Somalia: A Legacy of Contradictionsp. 1
The Life of a Literary Nomadp. 28
"The Country of My Imagination": Farah's Novels and Playsp. 42
The Politics of Autonomyp. 79
Writing about Womenp. 123
Language and the Ethical Imaginationp. 157
Notes and Referencesp. 197
Selected Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 211
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