Crossbones

Nuruddin Farah
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A gripping novel about zealotry, pirates and Somalia in crisis.

A dozen years after his last visit, Jeebleh returns to his beloved Mogadiscio to see old friends. He is accompanied by his son-in-law, Malik, a journalist intent on covering the region's ongoing turmoil. What greets them at first is not the chaos Jeebleh remembers, however, but an eerie calm enforced by ubiquitous white-robed figures bearing whips. Meanwhile, Malik's brother, Ahl, has arrived in Puntland, the region notorious as a pirates' base. Ahl is searching for his stepson, Taxliil, who has vanished from Minneapolis, apparently recruited by an imam allied to Somalia's rising religious insurgency.

The brothers' efforts draw them closer to Taxliil and deeper into the fabric of the country, even as Somalis brace themselves for an Ethiopian invasion. Jeebleh leaves Mogadiscio only a few hours before the borders are breached and raids descend from land and sea. As the uneasy quiet shatters and the city turns into a battle zone, the brothers experience firsthand the derailments of war.

Crossbones is a fascinating look at individuals caught in the maw of zealotry, profiteering and political conflict, by one of Africa's most highly acclaimed international writers.

Author bio:

Nuruddin Farah's works include three trilogies, including Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship and Blood in the Sun; plays; and a non-fiction book, Yesterday, Tomorrow. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Cape Town, South Africa.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781847086099
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Granta
Imprint: Granta
Pub Date: September 2012
Page Extent: 400
Format: Hard Cover
Age: 0 - 0
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Subject: Fiction & related items

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