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Title:Somali powerscapes: mapping Farah's fiction
Author:Wright, DerekISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Somalia
About person:Nuruddin Farah (1945-)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3819277
Abstract:Nuruddin Farah, born in 1945 in Baidoa in what was then Italian Somaliland, is one of Africa's most multicultural and multilingual writers. A preoccupying subject throughout his writing career has been the oppression of his native Somalia by the totalitarian regime of General Siyad Barre, and this Somalia, which he left in 1974 and in which his own works are still unavailable, is the setting to which Farah has returned in novel after novel. Another theme frequently found in his fiction is the patriarchal subjugation of women. The present author analyses six novels by Farah, which have appeared to date. He shows that Farah's fiction is a dynamically developing process that reveals a marked shift from political geography to psycho-physiology, from powerscape to mindscape. Bibliogr.